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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 Spring 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 May 11. 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. Please check your ASU email account regularly for additional information.
Will there be an Edson College of Nursing & Health Innovation Spring 2020 Convocation ceremony?
Yes, Edson College will host a virtual convocation ceremony on May 11, 2020 for all graduates and will highlight the Outstanding Graduates for Spring 2020. The ceremony will be available to view on the Marching Order website. The Marching Order link will be sent at a later date to all graduates.
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 on Monday, April 6, 2020. Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be personalized with their photo and personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media.
Do I need to register to participate in Edson’s virtual ceremony?
All ASU 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.
What if I’ve already submitted an RSVP for the Spring 2020 ceremonies?
If you would like to add a photo and personal message to your virtual ceremony profile, you will need to RSVP via the virtual graduation portal. 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 May 11th ceremony will be available to view online via the Marching Order website. We encourage you to let all of your family and friends know and invite them to celebrate your accomplishments. The Marching Order link will be sent at a later date to all graduates. The video will also be available to view after May 11th.
Will I still be able to participate in an in-person ceremony?
Yes! In addition to the virtual ceremony, all Spring 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend the December 2020 or the May 2021 ceremonies.
Does participating in virtual ceremonies mean I cannot attend in person ceremonies later?
You are welcome to do both. 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 person in either the December 2020 or the May 2021 commencement events.
If I don’t want to participate in any of the ceremonies, 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 do not need to redo it. You are all set!
Do I need to participate in a ceremony to graduate?
No. 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.)
Can I still purchase a cap and gown?
Can I get a refund if I no longer want my cap and gown?
Yes. Visit the Herff Jones collegiate regalia returns website.
How do I get my 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.
Can I request a diploma cover?
Yes. Diploma covers are traditionally handed out during the Edson College Convocation ceremony. If you plan to attend either the December 2020 or May 2021 ceremonies, you will receive your diploma cover at that ceremony. If you decide to participate only in the May 11th virtual ceremony or if you choose to not participate in any ceremony at all, fill out this diploma cover request form and the cover will be mailed to you.
Will I get a nursing pin?
Undergraduate nursing students are given a nursing pin at the face to face ceremony. If you plan to attend either the December 2020 or May 2021 ceremonies, you will receive your nursing pin at that ceremony. If you decide to participate only in the May 11th virtual ceremony or no ceremony at all, fill out this nursing pin request form and the nursing pin will be mailed to you.