Fall 2019 Convocation Ceremony

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Event Timeline: 

Graduates Report to Check-in: 5:30 pm
Arena Doors Open: 6:00 pm
Ceremony Begins: 6:30 pm
Ceremony Ends: Approx. 8:30 pm


PHOTO IDENTIFICATION POLICY - All graduates must present photo identification at check-in in order to participate in the ceremony.  Acceptable forms of ID include: ASU student id, State issued driver's license or ID card, or military ID.  No other forms of ID will be accepted. 


Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington Street; Phoenix, AZ 85003

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GnUYUPmnhg62

This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students from the following programs: School of Community Resources and Development, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs, School of Social Work, and College-wide Degree Programs.

Tickets: Guest tickets are NOT required.  RSVP is required for graduates that want to walk at the ceremony.

Please note: All communication regarding ASU Commencement and other graduation ceremonies are communicated via ASU e-mail accounts.  It is your responsibility to check that account and familiarize yourself with the deadlines associated with the all ASU ceremonies.

Fall 2019 Graduation Deadlines:

  • October 4, 2019, is the last day to apply to graduate through the university registrar's office/myasu.edu.  Please visit https://graduation.asu.edu/graduates/apply for more details.  After this date, late fees will apply.
  •  Thursday, October 24th - Grad Fair ASU Downtown - Plan to attend the Grad Fair to take care of all convocation items including caps, gown, announcements, etc. Discounts on items will be available. You can also order online http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_arizonastate/.
  • TBA - is the last day to RSVP to walk at the College Convocation Ceremony.  Please visit MyASU to RSVP.


Fall Convocation FAQs

why haven’t I received any emails about graduation or ceremonies?

All communication regarding ASU Commencement and other graduation ceremonies are communicated via your ASU mail account.  It is your responsibility to check that account and familiarize yourself with the deadlines associated with the ceremonies.   Please confirm your eligibility to graduate with your academic advisor.

when/where should graduates arrive to the ceremony?

Graduates must report between 5:30-6:00 pm to check in for the ceremony.

how long will the ceremony run?

The ceremony will last around 90 minutes – approximately from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Graduates are not permitted to leave during the ceremony.


Tickets are NOT required for the Fall Convocation ceremony at Comerica Theatre.

what should graduates wear?

An official ASU cap and gown must be worn during ceremonies. Master’s students must bring ceremonial hoods to convocation. For ordering and pricing information, visit http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_arizonastate/ or in person at ASU Bookstore at the Downtown Phoenix campus (602) 496-0347. To avoid out-of-stock situations, order as soon as possible. 

Plan to visit the ASU Downtown Bookstore Grad Fair. Take care of all convocation items including caps, gown, rings, announcements, etc. Discounts on items will be available.

To purchase online, please click the banner below:


For additional information on dressing for Commencement or Convocation, please visithttp://graduation.asu.edu/graduates/dressing.

For information about graduate and doctorate hood colors please visit http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Academic-Costume-Code.aspx

Please do not bring valuables. There is no secure place to store them during the ceremony.

Gowns cannot be purchased at the ceremony. Spare gowns, caps, tams, hoods, tassels are not available.  Students who do not have a cap and gown will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

what do I wear under my gown?

Please wear comfortable shoes. Business attire is recommended under gowns. For additional information on dressing for Commencement or Convocation, please visit http://graduation.asu.edu/graduates/dressing .

what side do I wear my tassel on?

Your degree will be officially conferred by President Crow at the ASU Commencement Ceremony that takes place before the convocation ceremony earlier that week. Your tassel should be worn on the LEFT.

where do I get my honor cords?

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.

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

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.

when do I get my degree?

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.

Need more information? Visit the graduation section of the University Registrar’s Web site for more information.


can I walk at this convocation ceremony?

The fall 2019 convocation ceremony is intended for students that will have completed all coursework during the fall 2019 semester. 

We strongly discourage students that wish to walk when their academic records are in question or when they have remaining coursework to finish during the following semester.  Graduation is a very emotional experience and can leave students with pending coursework feeling less invested and motivated as they finish coursework post-ceremony.

The special events office does not have access to student records and grade information.  In order to confirm your academic eligibility to walk at ceremonies, visit with your academic advisor. 
Please note that masters and PhD graduates are NOT allowed to participate at Graduate Commencement if their coursework is not completed.


what is the difference between Commencement and Convocation?

University Commencement represents the culmination of a student’s academic achievement. It is a time of celebration and reflection for students, families, friends, faculty and staff. It brings together a diverse community to share in the joy of accomplished goals.  Graduates from all of ASU's campuses are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.  University commencement is the university-wide celebration at which degrees are conferred upon graduating students by the president of Arizona State University.  Undergraduate students names are NOT read at commencement; however Doctoral and Masters students are individually recongized at graduate commencement. Please visit https://graduation.asu.edu/ for information about all ASU Ceremonies.

College and cultural convocations are a time for smaller groups to gather and celebrate students’ graduation. The smaller setting provides the opportunity for individual recognition. At convocation events, graduate names are called and graduates will cross the stage to receive congratulations.

where should I park?

Public Transit is strongly encouraged for all ASU Downtown Campus events. Metro Light Rail stops are located just 2-3 blocks east of the theater as indicated in purple on the map below.  Visit http://www.valleymetro.org/ to check routes and schedules for Valley Metro.

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions has made arrangements for guest parking at the 305 W Washington Street Garage.  This garage is managed by the City of Phoenix and accepts both cash and credit cards.   Guests are responsible for all parking fees.

If for some reason this garage reaches capacity, there are many other available paid parking options in the area including garages, parking lots and street meters.  Guests are welcomed to use any legal parking areas as needed.  Guests are responsible for all parking fees.

Guests may also utilize the drop-off zone on Washington Street directly in front of the theater.  This is NOT a parking area, just a drop-off zone.  Any cars left unattended in this area will be towed.


I have guests with limited mobility and/or hearing impairment. What should I expect?

Comerica Theater is 100% compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for guests with limited mobility. Seating for those in wheelchairs or who have limited mobility is reserved. Lobby ushers are able to assist guests in finding these reserved seating areas.  Please ask your guests to be courteous of those needing seating in this section; not all members of your party will be able to sit in this section together.  American Sign Language interpreters will be present and closed captioning will be shown on the screens throughout the ceremony.

will there be a professional photographer at the event?

Grad Images, Inc. will take professional photographs of all degree candidates. A proof sheet and price list will be emailed to each graduate approximately 10 days after the ceremony. Graduates can pre-register their email for notification of their photos being available for online viewing and/or ordering at http://www.gradimages.com . For more information, call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or email service@gradimages.com

Guests will not be allowed in the student section during or after the ceremony for photographs.  Due to fire and safety regulations, no guest tripods may be set up and electrical cords may not be plugged in.


will there be flowers available to purchase?

Leis and bouquets will be sold at the convocation ceremonies.  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.  Click HERE to access Graduation Day Flowers' pre-order page!