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For additional questions about graduation ceremonies

Maria Pedregón
Convocation Coordinator
(602) 496-0874


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 and familiarize yourself with the deadlines associated with the ceremonies.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 10:00 am
Phoenix Convention Center – South Building - Ballroom
Doors open for guests at 9:15 am
Ceremony to begin at 10:00 am

UPDATE:  All graduates should report to the Phoenix Convention Center - South Building ballroom for check-in and arrive no later than 9:00 am.

Clear Bag Policy

To enhance public safety and make ASU venues access more efficient, all ASU venues (including the Phoenix Convention Center) have adopted a Clear Bag Policy. All guests may bring in one (1) clear bag no larger than 12'' x 6'' x 12'' or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. Guests are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch or purse for privacy. Guests with prohibited bags will need to return their bags to their vehicles and transfer their belongings to an approved clear plastic bag before entering the venue. 

For a list of approved/prohibited items and frequently asked questions, please visit the Clear Bag PolicyPLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR GUESTS SO THEY ARE NOT TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR TO RETURN ITEMS TO THEIR CAR.

Applying for Graduation

Students apply for graduation for the semester in which they are completing their final courses. Please be mindful of deadlines to avoid paying a late fee. Students should follow the steps to apply to graduate.

Apply to Graduate

Graduation filing fees:

  • Undergraduate $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)
  • Graduate $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)
  • Late fee, if applicable $35


If you are completing your degree in...

Your deadline is...

Spring semester

February 15

NOTE: If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.

Please note that the names of August graduates appear in the Fall commencement book, but students may choose to participate in either the spring or fall ceremony.  


All ASU graduation ceremonies require reservations (RSVP’s) from graduating students who wish to participate.  

  1. Apply for Graduation by the February 15 deadline and pay your fees. Applying for Graduation IS NOT an RSVP for Graduation ceremonies.
  2. Go to the RSVP Ceremonies link available on your MyASU page.   A link under the Graduation Tab will appear after you have applied to graduate and paid your graduation fees.  This link will become available March 2, 2020, and will remain open until April 22, 2020.  Complete the RSVP forms for both Commencement and Convocation.  
  3. Important: Make sure to click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page after completing the RSVP form. Students will receive a confirmation email after successfully submitting a form for each ceremony.
  4. Continue to regularly check your ASU e-mail account for updates on ceremonies or additional communication.  This is the only email that will be used for communication about graduation ceremonies.  

Applying for graduation and RSVP’ing to attend graduation ceremonies are separate but related issues.  Applying and paying your graduation fee ensures that your degree will be processed after coursework is completed and certification of your degree is issued.  RSVP’ing for attendance at ceremonies ensures that seating will be made available for you and your guests for the event(s) you will attend.  It also ensures tickets will be reserved for those events that require tickets.  


The University Commencement does not require a ticket.  The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Convocation ceremony does require tickets.  Each graduate will be allotted up to 6 guest tickets for Convocation. You, the graduate, do not need a ticket.  Tickets are required for each guest excluding infants and children in strollers who will remain in the stroller for the ceremony or sit on a guest’s lap.  Additional guest tickets may be available after April 23, 2020, but this is not guaranteed.  Please be sure your family and friends know that tickets are limited and plan accordingly.  

Ticket Pick Up

Tickets can be picked up starting Thursday, April 23, 2020, through Monday, May 11, 2020, between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Health North Building, 3rd Floor lobby at 550 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Tickets are for general seating and are free of charge. Tickets are not available at any other campus location. Tickets must be picked up in person by the student or a designee (student must notify the Convocation office at (602) 496-0874 with the name of the designee). Tickets may be mailed to students who live outside of Maricopa County, but those students must call the Convocation office at (602) 496-0874 to request that tickets be mailed.  Please be sure to call as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for tickets to be delivered via US Postal Service.

Please note: If you cannot make these times, call 602-496-0874 to make alternate arrangements.  It is your responsibility to make the appropriate arrangements/phone calls regarding tickets for the ceremony. Tickets will NOT be available to pick up on the day of the ceremony nor are they available at the Convention Center box office.


There are multiple garages located near the Phoenix Convention Center. View area Parking Maps.


The ceremony will be held in the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center in the Ballroom. Seating for those in wheelchairs or who have limited mobility is reserved on the ballroom floor. Guests seated in the reserved area may have one (1) other companion sit in the reserved area with them.  All other guests must sit in the general seating areas. The Phoenix Convention Center does not provide wheelchairs.  Your online RSVP will include an area where you can indicate if special accommodations are needed for yourself and/or your guests.  Please be sure to complete that field if this applies to you.  


Balloons and air horns are not permitted in the Phoenix Convention Center. Please let your guests know about these restrictions so they will not bring these items.

Dress Code (Cap, Gown, Hood and Honor Cords)

An official ASU cap and gown (academic regalia) must be worn during the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. Tassels are worn on the right at Convocation since degrees are conferred at Commencement on Monday, May 11, 2020.  Doctoral and Master’s students should wear ceremonial hoods to Convocation; however please note that official hooding is done only at Commencement.  For ordering and pricing information, visit Herff Jones.  To avoid out-of-stock situations, students should order as soon as possible. We recommend that you attend a Grad Fair to order your regalia.  Dates and times can be found at Grad Fair.  If you have Honor cords, please feel free to wear these as well.  Honor cords can be picked up at the University Registrar’s office at any of the ASU campuses.  For additional information on dressing for Commencement or Convocation, please visit Dressing for Graduation

Nursing Pins

Undergraduate nursing students do not need to bring a pin to the convocation ceremony. Nursing pins will be given to all undergraduate nursing students prior to the ceremony. It is not required that students purchase a nursing pin.


Professional photographs will be taken of all graduates as they receive personal congratulations from Dean Judy Karshmer.  Grad Images will take professional photographs of all degree candidates. A proof sheet and price list will be emailed to each graduate by Grad Images after the ceremony. Graduates can pre-register their email for notification of their photos being available for online viewing and/or ordering at Grad Images.  For more information, call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or email No tripods may be set up and electrical cords may not be plugged in.


Diplomas are mailed to you approximately 10 weeks after the end of the semester to the permanent address on file with the Registrar’s Office. Please contact the University Registrar’s Office if you have any questions about this process or need to update your mailing address.