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Congratulations soon-to-be graduate!

All your hard work and determination have paid off, and you’re about to embark on the next phase of your life. We encourage you to attend all of your graduation ceremonies to celebrate your remarkable accomplishments with family and friends. We’ve included all the relevant information about commencement and convocation to make sure you’re prepared.

  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation – The ceremony during which all graduate names within the college are announced as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover.

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Spring 2020 Graduation

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Maroon Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.
Gold Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.
Desert Financial Arena (formerly Wells Fargo Arena)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation is split into two ceremonies in the spring to ensure all of our graduates and their guests can safely fit into Desert Financial Arena. We determine the splits based on the number of graduates in each of our academic units and try to make the two ceremonies as even as possible. Below is a breakdown of which schools and departments will be represented in each of the ceremonies. 


Maroon Ceremony/9:00 a.m.

Gold Ceremony/2:00 p.m.

American Indian Studies

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Department of English

School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Department of Physics

School of Earth and Space Exploration

Department of Psychology

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Economics Program in The College

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

School of International Letters and Cultures

School of Molecular Sciences

School of Life Sciences

School of Politics and Global Studies

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

School of Transborder Studies

School of Social Transformation

T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

What do I need to do to prepare for graduation?

  1. Apply: Apply for graduation and pay your fees by February 17, 2020. In order to have your name included in the program, you must have filed for graduation by this deadline. Apply online for graduation by going to myASU and clicking the "Graduation" tab. Please note that a credit card is required. If you do not apply and pay your fee by February 17, there may be additional fees.

  2. RSVP: RSVP for the ceremonies you plan to attend. This is a separate step from filing your graduation application. To participate in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation ceremony during which your name will be announced as you walk across the stage, you must RSVP and reserve your guest tickets by April 29, 2020. To RSVP, go to myASU and click the "RSVP Ceremonies" tab.

    Note: This link will go live in March and will only appear for students who have filed for graduation by the spring filing deadline and will complete their degree requirements in spring or summer.

  3. Order: Order your cap and gown here by April 12. All ASU undergraduates must wear the standard maroon cap and gown. If you so choose, you can also order graduation announcements, a diploma frame, class ring and other memorabilia.

The ASU Bookstore hosts a Grad Fair for every graduation season where you can get great discounts on your purchases.

Polytechnic campus
March 17th 
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

West campus
March 18th
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Downtown campus
March 19th and 20th
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tempe Campus
March 24th, 25th and 26th
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Browse our frequently asked questions

What other graduation ceremonies can I attend?

If you are an undergraduate student receiving your bachelor’s degree, you are also encouraged to attend University Undergraduate Commencement on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium.  

If you are a graduate student receiving your master’s or doctoral degree, you can also choose to attend University Graduate Commencement on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at Desert Financial Arena.

What is the difference between commencement and convocation? 

Graduate commencement is the university ceremony where President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU graduate students (master's and doctoral candidates). Graduate students do cross the stage during graduate commencement.

At undergraduate commencement, President Crow will confer degrees upon all ASU undergraduate students (bachelor's candidates) but students are not individually recognized during this ceremony. 

Convocation is a celebratory ceremony where all students (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD candidates) are individually recognized by the college for their academic achievement. This is the ceremony where students' names are called as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover. Graduate students are welcome to participate in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation, but we do not hood students or announce any degree-specific information during our ceremony.

How long is the convocation ceremony? 

The spring convocation ceremony will last approximately 120 minutes.

Is there a limit to the number of guests at convocation? Do guests need tickets for the convocation ceremony?  

Yes, tickets are required for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation ceremony. Guest tickets are free and each graduate can request up to 10 tickets for their guests. You must access your My ASU graduation tab and RSVP for convocation by April 29 to reserve your guest tickets.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLEAR BAG POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL CEREMONIES TAKING PLACE IN DESERT FINANCIAL ARENA. For more information on what is allowed inside the arena, please click here:

How will I receive my guest tickets?

Once you've completed your RSVP, a new tab will open in your browser, which will allow you to claim up to 10 guest tickets. ALL GUESTS MUST HAVE A TICKET to enter the arena including children one year and older. 

Can my friends and family watch my ceremony online?

Yes, The College Convocation is going to be webcast live here.

How do I file (or apply) for graduation? What does that mean? 

Filing (or applying) for graduation tells the university that you plan to graduate this semester and have all of the credits and coursework completed to qualify. The spring graduation filing deadline is February 17, 2020. You must file for graduation online or in the Graduation Office (SSV building, 1st floor) by February 17, 2020 in order for your name to appear in the commencement program and to be able to RSVP for spring ceremonies.

Where do I get my cap and gown? 

Graduates must wear an official ASU cap and gown during the convocation ceremony. Tassels are worn on the left at convocation since degrees are conferred at commencement the day before. Please order your cap and gown online.

What are honor cords? Where do I get mine?

Academic recognition is granted to undergraduate candidates only. Students must complete 56 or more hours of in-resident work at ASU's Tempe, Polytechnic and Downtown Phoenix campuses in addition to having the appropriate grade point average. ASU West campus undergraduate candidates enrolled prior to the 2007/2008 catalog must complete 50 hours or more of resident credit. For questions about the grading system, please see the Academic Senate and Assembly's Plus/Minus Grades Overview (PDF).

These students will be awarded honor cords to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. Your diploma and transcripts will reflect the appropriate recognition based on all course work completed at ASU, including courses completed in your final semester. 

Summa Cum Laude = Maroon and Gold, 3.80 to 4.00 GPA
Magna Cum Laude = Gold, 3.60 to 3.79 GPA
Cum Laude = Maroon, 3.40 to 3.59 GPA

If you are eligible for honor cords, you can pick them up at any registrar’s office on your campus. To find the registrar’s office for your campus please click here. Please contact the registrar with any questions regarding honor cord eligibility.

What time should I arrive at Desert Financial Arena? Where do we meet? 

Desert Financial Arena doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates should arrive to the west side of the arena no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and pick up their reader cards at the graduate check-in area near Sun Devil Stadium. After picking up their reader cards, graduates will be directed into the arena to be seated with their academic unit in the order of arrival (not in alphabetical order). Graduates need to be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Late graduates may not be able to be seated with their academic unit and will be directed to an overflow section.

Once the ceremony starts and it is time for graduates to cross the stage, volunteers in each section will guide graduates to line up and start walking toward the stage to have their photos taken and names called as they walk across the stage and back to their seats.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLEAR BAG POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL CEREMONIES TAKING PLACE IN WELLS FARGO ARENA. For more information on what is allowed inside the arena, please click here:

Will I get my diploma at commencement or convocation? 

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 8-10 weeks after the end of the semester to the permanent address on file with the registrar's office. At convocation, you will receive a diploma cover with a letter from the dean.

Will my photo or video be taken during convocation? Is there a professional photographer or videographer? 

Professional photographers from Grad Images will take photos of graduates as they process onto stage and as they cross the stage and accept their diploma cover. These photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony. For more information, please visit their website. Professional videos will also be taken of the convocation ceremony by Great Video Productions. Graduates will be able to purchase copies of the video on their website.

Private photographers will not be allowed on the floor of the arena or in any section of the arena where graduates are seated to photograph graduates during the ceremony.

Will flowers be available for purchase at the ceremony? 

Leis and bouquets will be sold before and after the ceremony. Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick-up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures. Visit the Graduation Day Flowers website to pre-order your flowers.

What if I need special accommodations? 

If you (the graduate, not one of your guests) need special accommodations or have a disability, please indicate what your needs are on the RSVP form and contact so that someone can assist you further.   

If one of your guests will need special accommodations, please make sure that they arrive early to ensure a seat in a section of the arena reserved for guests with disabilities. Doors to Desert Financial Arena will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony for guests. Security personnel at each entrance will be able to direct your guests to the appropriate seating area. Seating in these areas is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis.

Where should I park? 

Free parking during the ceremony is available in various lots and structures around campus. Reservations are not necessary. Please visit the Parking and Transit website for detailed information about parking during graduation ceremonies.

How can I order graduation invitations or announcements for my family and friends?

The Herff Jones website offers custom graduation invitations and announcements for purchase.

I still have questions about all of this, what do I do?