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Spring 2021 graduation: virtual and in-person ceremonies

Arizona State University and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation are pleased to announce the spring 2021 graduation ceremonies on May 3-4. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students. 

All communication regarding Graduation and its ceremonies is communicated via your official ASU email account. This site will be updated as needed so please check here and your ASU email account regularly for additional information.

Monday, May 3
View the virtual convocation ceremony now 

This virtual ceremony will premiere at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 3 and will remain online to view after the event. Slides with graduates’ names, photos and messages will be shown, and graduates’ names will be read. To submit a personal photo and quote for your graduation slide, RSVP with Marching Order by 11:59 p.m. on April 21 via My ASU.  

Will there be an Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Spring 2021 Convocation ceremony?

Yes, Arizona State University and the Edson College will celebrate graduation ceremonies virtually and in-person.  

The ceremony will include remarks by President Crow, Provost Searle, Edson College Dean Judith Karshmer and Associate Dean Kathy Kenny. College award winners will be honored and all graduate names will be read. Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be personalized with their photo and a personal message through the virtual graduation RSVP portal and these can be downloaded and shared on social media.

Do I need to register to participate in Edson’s virtual ceremony?

Yes, all ASU/Edson graduating students will register for the virtual graduation ceremony. This registration is separate from your registration for the in-person event. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the virtual graduation RSVP. If you do not want to add personalized content, you will still have a slide in the virtual ceremony listing your name and degree. 

How do I share the graduation ceremony with my family and friends?

The graduation ceremony will be available to view online on May 3.  We encourage you to let all of your family and friends know and invite them to celebrate your accomplishments. The link will be sent at a later date to all graduates. 

If I don’t want to participate in the virtual ceremony, do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes. You must apply to graduate regardless of ceremony participation. For information on how to apply, please visit Applying for Graduation.  If you have already applied to graduate and paid your fee, you are all set!   If students choose to not take part in any ceremony and their university academic requirements have been met, similar to prior years, they will receive their diplomas in the mail. (See below for more information on how to request your diploma cover.)

May 3 and 4, 2021
Location: Health North, room 110  |  550 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

All celebration events will be live streamed on the Edson College YouTube Channel.

We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at our in-person events for students! Join Dean Judith Karshmer, Associate Dean Katherine Kenny, faculty from your program and fellow graduates to commemorate your graduation from ASU. Each attending grad will have their name called, walk across the stage, receive their diploma cover and have their photo taken in their academic regalia.

Register today to reserve your seat by selecting the ticket for your program’s event.

Event Schedule:*

  • Monday, May 3, 4 p.m.: DNP (Family NP, Pediatric NP, Women's Health NP)

  • Monday, May 3, 6 p.m.: PhD and DNP (Adult-Gerontology, Family Psych, Innovation Leadership, Acute Care, Advanced Nursing Practice)

  • Tuesday, May 4, 9 a.m.: Nursing (All programs)

  • Tuesday, May 4, 11 a.m.: Nursing (All programs)

  • Tuesday, May 4, 1 p.m.: Nursing (All programs)
  • Tuesday, May 4, 3 p.m.: Health Programs (All majors) and Nursing (All programs)

  • Tuesday, May 4, 5 p.m.: Health Programs (All majors) and Nursing (All programs)

*Times are subject to change. Additional ceremonies may be added depending on  demand. To inquire about additional dates/times, email

Due to COVID-19 and public health considerations, building capacity is extremely limited. Therefore these events are for graduates only. No family, friends or guests may attend.

Face coverings are required, and ASU’s community of care guidelines will be enforced.


Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (cap, gown, hood) is required for the in-person celebrations. Graduates can purchase their regalia online from Herff Jones until Friday, April 16, 2021 to receive it in time for the celebration. Regalia is also available for rent and purchase at all ASU Bookstores.

Diploma Covers

Graduates participating in the in-person celebration will receive their diploma cover at the event. If you are unable to attend the in-person events, you may request to have your diploma cover mailed to you by filling out this diploma cover request form


Have questions? The university has put together a robust list of frequently asked questions about this spring’s commencement and convocation ceremonies and celebrations which you can access here. Please reference the FAQ before reaching out as it’s likely your question has been addressed there. For any additional questions, please contact