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Spring 2021 ceremonies

Spring 2021 ceremonies will be held virtually. All college and special interest ceremonies will premiere on Monday, May 3, at 9:00 am MST. Ceremonies are pre-recorded and can be viewed at anytime after they premiere on May 3. 

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Herberger Institute Convocation

The Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony will be a pre-recorded virtual event. The ceremony website link will go live on Monday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m. MST and can be watched at any time after the premiere. There will be a live watch party of the Herberger Institute Convocation Watch on the morning of May 3. 

Doctoral, master's and bachleor's degree candidates will be recognized during the ceremony. Degree candidate names will be announced by school and degree type. The link will be shared at a later date.

Herberger Institute Convocation Watch Party

The Herberger Institute is hosting a viewing party of our ceremony with a live chat on Monday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. MST. The chat will go live at 9:15 a.m. and we will begin streaming the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. All graduates, their families, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. The link will be shared at a later date. 

In Person Graduation Celebrations

Herberger Institute will also host multiple in-person graduation celebrations, grouped by school, in the mornings and evenings of May 4 & 5, on the Tempe campus. These celebration events are not an official graduation ceremony and will be open to graduating students only. No family or non-graduating students are to be on campus for these events. The celebrations will be livestreamed for family, friends, faculty and staff to watch. Due to Covid-19 protocols that are in place, graduate attendance will be capped at 35 people per event. Minimal faculty and staff will be able to attend. Each school will have multiple ceremonies.  The 45 minute celebration will feature live music, a welcome message, the opportunity to walk the stage and receive a diploma case. GradImages will be present to take professional cap and gown photos. Registration is required to attend. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 21, 11:59 pm. The livestream link will be shared at a later date.

Hooding for terminal degrees

We will be hosting a hooding opportunity for candidates receiving a terminal degree the last week of April. These select students will be able to attend this photographed opportunity with a faculty mentor and will be notified individually about the event details.

Registering for Virtual Ceremonies

The Ceremony Registration Portal to submit your information for virtual events opens today, Monday, March 29. You’ll find the link to register on your MyASU page. When you register your intent to participate, you’ll also have the chance to include a personal photo, message and thank you video for your individual slide. *You don’t need to wear a cap and gown in the photo/video – feel free to make it fun by including family/friends/pets with you or by choosing special backdrops.* The deadline to register, submit a personalized photo and personal statement is Wednesday, April 21, 11:59 pm. Many of your questions about virtual events can be answered at This video describes how to participate in virtual ceremonies.

The last step of registering for ceremonies is the brief thank-you video that is part of your personal recognition clip. If you decide to upload a video later (but before April 28 deadline), you can go to directly to submit. Your personal Commencement and Convocation video will be ready on Monday, May 3 to view/share/download through StageClip. A link will be emailed to you on that day.

Grad Fair Extended! 

Get your cap and gown! The online Grad Fair has added additional dates. The extended Grad Fair will run from Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. EST to Tuesday, April 6 at 10 p.m. EST.. Details about online Grad Fair can be reviewed at Don’t want to wait? All four ASU Campus Bookstores have regalia available for purchase today!

Get your complimentary Grad Photos!

GradImages will be taking complimentary photos at each of ASU's campuses. For more information about photo dates, locations and links to register, please visit

Undergraduate Honors Cords

If you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for academic honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude), the university will mail them to you. For more information about honors cords please visit

Get Social

Please share photos, thoughts, thank you’s and congratulations on Twitter. We will be sharing as many posts as we can on the Herberger Institute convocation page. Make sure to tag @ASUHIDA and use #ASUgrad and #HerbergerInstitute

Commencement Programs 

The digital ceremony program can be viewed at


Graduates do not receive diplomas at University Commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the university registrar's office. Change of diploma address must be submitted in one of the following two ways:

  1. Presented in writing on a change of address form.

  2. Changed online through My ASU.

Diploma Cover Request

Diploma covers will be handed out during the Herberger Institute Gradaution Celebrations on campus May 4 & 5, 2021. If you decide to participate only in the virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out the request form and the cover will be shipped to you.

Need more information? Visit the graduation section of the university registrar’s Web site for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Still have questions? Please email

Steps to apply for graduation

Step 1: Register for your final semester

Step 1: Register for your final semester

By now, you should have registered for your final semester.

Step 2: Check that you have completed all your degree requirements

Step 2: Check that you have completed all your degree requirements

  • Undergraduates: Run your DARS Report to confirm that all requirements are met. If you encounter any discrepancies, make an appointment with a Herberger Institute academic advisor immediately. Summer graduates are eligible to walk in the spring commencement and convocation if they have 11 or fewer hours left to graduate; contact an advisor for more information about walking early.

  • Graduates: As a graduate student in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, there are certain steps you need to take that ensure a successful, on-time graduation. Please review details concerning the graduation process for ASU here: Graduation Deadlines and Procedures.

Step 3: Check your deadline

Step 3: Check your deadline

To apply for graduation, complete the graduation process by the appropriate deadline.

If you are completing your degree in:Your deadline is:
FallOctober 1
SpringFebruary 15
SummerJune 15


  • You can apply to graduate online or in-person. To apply online, logon to your My ASU account and click the "Graduation" tab in the My Programs and Advising box. Click the "Apply for Graduation" link and follow the instructions on the screen. The graduation fee will be charged to your account. To apply in-person, go to the Student Services Building (SSV) and pay for graduation at the cashier's office. Complete the questionnaire the cashier gives you and take it to the graduation office on the first floor of the Student Services Building (SSV).
  • You can apply for graduation the semester prior to or the semester of graduation, but be sure to apply before the deadline to avoid a late charge. The names of students who apply after the deadline will not appear in the ASU commencement program. Note the deadline dates listed on the university calendar. The graduation office will check your DARS report or program of study to make sure that you have completed the requirements for your degree. Undergraduates who will graduate in the summer are eligible to "walk" in spring commencement and convocation if they have 11 or fewer hours left to graduate, but they will not receive their diplomas until all degree requirements have been completed. Students who will "walk" in the spring convocation ceremony but finish their requirements in the summer must apply for a summer graduation and notify their advisor in the Office of Student Success that they plan to participate in the spring ceremony.
  • Order your cap, gown and invitations through the ASU Bookstore. More information.

Step 4: Register to attend convocation

Step 4: Register to attend convocation

Herberger Convocation is a virtual ceremony for Spring 2021. All students that have applied for Spring or Summer graduation will be included. Graduates will submit a single registration for the college and special interest convocation events. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration the RSVP button on your MyASU. The deadline to register, submit a photo, personal message and video is Wednesday, April 21.