The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2021 Convocation

All of your hard work has built to this moment and we can’t wait to celebrate your achievements at The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ virtual convocation ceremony on May 3 at 10 a.m. as well as at an optional in-person event beginning the same week (more details on this below). The university commencement ceremony will premiere Monday, May 3 at 9 a.m. Both virtual ceremonies will be available to stream any time after. 

For more information about spring 2021 graduation and other graduation ceremonies taking place this May, please visit graduation.asu.edu.

College Convocation

ASU Commencement and The College Convocation

Monday, May 3, 2021

9 a.m.  Virtual conferral of degrees 

10 a.m. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Virtual Convocation will premiere on YouTube. You can watch the virtual convocation event here.

To be included in this spring’s graduation ceremonies, you must RSVP by Wednesday, April 21.

  • Register, submit a personal photo and message via the RSVP link on your My ASU page, under the graduation tab.
  • The RSVP step for participation in ceremonies is separate from applying for graduation. You must first file your graduation application in order to be able to see the ceremony RSVP link under the graduation tab on My ASU.

What to expect at the virtual convocation

The College will host a special live virtual convocation program for students and families which will include personal messages from The College’s deans, graduating students, alumni and more. Outstanding students, including The College’s Dean’s Medalists, will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Students will also see their graduation slide at the end of the program during the reading of the names. 

What to expect at the in-person celebration

During the week of May 3, The College will host a series of small, scheduled outdoor celebrations for graduating students to have the opportunity to pick up a diploma cover and have a photo taken. Graduates are welcome to wear their cap and gown but it is not required for the informal celebration. Please note: This celebration is not a ceremony and there will be no formal program or reading of graduate’s names. 

Graduates interested in attending the in-person celebration can register via the link below. Once RSVPs are gathered, The College will follow up with more specific details regarding the date and time you are invited to join the celebration. While we understand the desire and importance of having your friends and family celebrate your big day, due to the limited number of people that can attend these in-person events, graduates can not have guests or family members attend.

RSVP for an in-person event: https://thecollege.asu.edu/Spring21Grad 

Important dates 

  • April 6 - 10: Grad Images will be on Tempe campus near Old Main to take free graduation photos. Learn more and schedule your session here.
  • April 16: The last day you can purchase graduation regalia online to receive in time for ceremonies. Learn more.
  • April 21: The deadline to submit your graduation photos to Marching Order. Instructions were emailed to graduates on Monday, March 29.

Additional resources and links

  • The College’s virtual convocation will premiere on YouTube. You can subscribe to our channel now to be notified when the convocation video premieres; we’ll also send out a link via email closer to the event. 
  • Graduates interested in being featured in The College’s convocation video or ASU News profiles can sign up at forms.gle/vqUFdyUrkwPaXz27A.
  • If you are not planning to attend the in-person celebration, you can request a diploma cover at na.eventscloud.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=614689&.
  • Dual graduates with ceremonies outside of The College can visit graduation.asu.edu to access additional college ceremonies. 
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding ASU commencement can be viewed below.

If you have additional questions regarding The College’s spring convocation events or need assistance, please email thecollegeconvocation@asu.edu

FAQ

How do I RSVP?

The link to register for ceremonies can be found on your myASU page under the graduation tab and the deadline to register is Wednesday, April 21. After you file your graduation application and pay the fee, you must RSVP by April 21 in order to participate in spring 2021 ceremonies. The RSVP form will allow graduates to upload a personal photo and a brief personal message to be used in your virtual ceremony slides. Once you register for ceremonies, you will also be able to record and upload a personal "Thank You" clip to be included with your ceremony recognition from StageClip. Please note, this is a professional ceremony therefore any photos or messages with inappropriate content will not be approved. 

Will in-person events be offered?

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will not be able to offer an in-person graduation ceremony this spring. However, in addition to the virtual ceremonies, The College will be hosting small in-person meet and greet style gatherings for graduating students only during the week of May 3. Once you complete your RSVP for The College Convocation, you will receive an email with more information about the in-person celebration and the opportunity to register.

How will I receive my diploma?

If your university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, you will receive your diploma in the mail. Diplomas are mailed approximately eight weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ASU email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address, which can be viewed and updated from My ASU. For more information, visit https://students.asu.edu/diploma.

Can I still purchase a cap and gown?

Yes! For information about purchasing graduation regalia, visit the Herff Jones website. You will be able to order your cap and gown online or purchase them directly from the bookstore on all four campuses.  

Can I still have my cap and gown portraits taken? 

Yes! Grad Images will be taking complimentary photos at each of ASU's campuses. For more information about photo dates, locations and links to register, visit https://graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/memories

How do I get my honor cords?

If you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for academic honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude) you can review information about honor cords by visiting https://students.asu.edu/graduation-ceremonies and the university will mail your cords to you. 

How can I get a diploma cover case?

If you are planning on participating in a future in-person convocation ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover as you walk across the stage. If you aren't planning to participate in a future ceremony, you can request a diploma cover be mailed to you by filling out this form. Please note that diploma covers will not be mailed until the week of May 10th so be sure to include an updated address if you plan on moving soon.

What if I have more questions?

Please email TheCollegeConvocation@asu.edu.