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Fall 2020 graduation ceremonies

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates the 2020 Fall commencement in a virtual, online ceremony. 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 the week of December 14. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. 

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.

Virtual Ceremony FAQ

Will there be an Edson College of Nursing & Health Innovation Fall 2020 Convocation ceremony?
Yes, Edson College will host a virtual convocation ceremony the week of December 14, 2020, for all graduates and will highlight the Outstanding Graduates for Fall 2020.  The ceremony will be available to view online. 

What will the virtual ceremony include?
The ceremony will be kicked off by remarks by President Crow and Edson College Dean Judith Karshmer.  You will also hear remarks by Associate Dean Kathy Kenny.  College award winners will be honored as well as all graduate names will be read.  Students have the option to add personalized content to their individual recognition slide through the virtual graduation RSVP portal.  Students received an email with the virtual graduation portal registration link in mid-October.  Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be personalized with their photo and a personal message, and which 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 submit a single registration for both the University Commencement and the Edson College Convocation 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 Edson Convocation ceremony with my family and friends?
The Convocation ceremony will be available to view online.  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. 

Does participating in virtual ceremonies mean I cannot attend in person ceremonies later?

Virtual ceremonies are a way to allow graduates to celebrate their achievements on schedule until public health officials report that it is safe to gather in person. ASU and the Edson College also invite you to participate in in-person graduation events once it is determined by public health officials that it is safe to hold these types of events.  

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.)

Honor Cords

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU.  Request your honor cords by visiting Honor Cord's request and the university will mail them to you.  Which cords are given is determined by your GPA at the time you request the cords.  For more information, visit Graduation ceremonies.

Diploma Covers

Diploma covers are traditionally handed out during the Edson College Convocation ceremony.  To have a cover mailed to you, fill out this diploma cover request form after you have completed all your degree requirements and the cover will be mailed to you. 

Nursing Pins

All undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates will receive a nursing pin from their program office.  Prelicensure students will receive their nursing pins in their NUR 437 class; RN-BSN students can contact Misti Lenoir at to make arrangements to get their nursing pin.