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Graduation, Commencement, Convocation

Graduation is the action of completing your degree requirements. Commencement and Convocation are ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishment of graduation. Commencement is the university-wide celebration at which degrees are conferred upon graduating students by the president of Arizona State University. College and cultural convocations are a time for smaller groups to gather and celebrate students’ graduation. Convocation events are where your name is called and you will cross the stage to receive congratulations. Ceremonies are held in May and December.

Fall 2021 ceremonies will be in-person and will take place the week of December 13, 2021. There will be an online ceremony site and options to watch live streamed ceremonies.

Graduate CommencementMonday, December, 13, 2021, 9:00 am, Desert Financial Arena

Undergraduate CommencementMonday, December, 13, 2021, 3:00 pm, SunDevil Stadium

Herberger Institute Convocation, Wednesday, December, 15, 2021, 9:00 am, Gammage Auditorium

All students that have applied for Summer or Fall 2021 graduation will be included in the RSVP system. We are also welcoming all 2020 and Spring 2021 Herberger Institute graduates to return and walk the stage and have their name read at the Herberger Institute convocation. If you are a 2020 or Spring 2021 graduate and would like to participate in the Fall 2021 ceremonies, please fill out this online form to be added the registration system.

To participate in commencement and convocation ceremonies, graduates are required to RSVP. After you have applied for graduation, look for the "Graduation" tab on your My ASU page for a link to RSVP for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Convocation. The RSVP link closes on Novemeber 18, 2021. It is critical that we receive RSVPs from ALL of our graduates.

General information about graduation events, cap and gown ordering, photos and ceremony schedules can be found at


Fall convocation for the Herberger Institute IS a ticketed event. Tickets are required for all guests, including infants and small children. Graduates can reserve up to five tickets.  

Flowers and Gifts

Arizona State University partners with The Commencement Group for our graduation ceremonies to provide special commemorative flowers and gift items for sale during ceremonies. These special gift items include T-Shirts featuring all graduates names, and Kukui Spirit Necklaces. These items can be purchased in advance by accessing the link below and picked up onsite at the ceremonies. The website is now live so students, parents and guests can begin purchasing their gifts. Orders can be placed until 9pm the evening before a ceremony takes place. Pre-Sales Website:


Graduates do not receive diplomas at University commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 6 to 8 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 MyASU.

Need more information?

Visit the graduation section of the university registrar’s website for more information.


Visit the commencement FAQ page or email

Steps to apply for graduation

Step 1: Register for your final semester

By now, you should have registered for your final semester.

Step 2: Check that you have completed all your degree requirements

  • Undergraduates: Run your DARS Report to confirm that all requirements are met. If you encounter any discrepancies, make an appointment with a Herberger Institute academic advisor immediately. Summer graduates are eligible to walk in the spring commencement and convocation if they have 11 or fewer hours left to graduate; contact an advisor for more information about walking early.
  • Graduates: As a graduate student in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, there are certain steps you need to take that ensure a successful, on-time graduation. Please review details concerning the graduation process for ASU here: Graduation Deadlines and Procedures.

Step 3: Check your deadline

To apply for graduation, complete the graduation process by the appropriate deadline.

If you are completing your degree in:Your deadline is:
FallOctober 1
SpringFebruary 15
SummerJune 15


  • You can apply to graduate online or in-person. To apply online, logon to your My ASU account and click the "Graduation" tab in the My Programs box. Click the "Apply for Graduation" link and follow the instructions on the screen. The graduation fee will be charged to your account. To apply in-person, go to the Student Services Building (SSV) and pay for graduation at the cashier's office. Complete the questionnaire the cashier gives you and take it to the graduation office on the first floor of the Student Services Building (SSV).
  • You can apply for graduation the semester prior to or the semester of graduation, but be sure to apply before the deadline to avoid a late charge. The names of students who apply after the deadline will not appear in the ASU commencement program. Note the deadline dates listed on the university calendar. The graduation office will check your DARS report or program of study to make sure that you have completed the requirements for your degree. Undergraduates who will graduate in the summer are eligible to "walk" in spring commencement and convocation if they have 11 or fewer hours left to graduate, but they will not receive their diplomas until all degree requirements have been completed. Students who will "walk" in the spring convocation ceremony but finish their requirements in the summer must apply for a summer graduation and notify their advisor in the Office of Student Success that they plan to participate in the spring ceremony.
  • Order your cap, gown and invitations through the ASU Bookstore. More information.

Step 4: Register to attend convocation

Herberger Convocation is in person for Fall 2021. All students that have applied for Summer or Fall 2021 graduation will be included. We are also welcoming all 2020 Gradutates and Spring 2021 graduates to return and walk the stage. Graduates will submit a single registration for the college and special interest convocation events through the RSVP button on your MyASU. The deadline to register is November 18, 2021.

Apply for Graduation

Watch previous virtual ceremonies

Fall Convocation 2020

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Fall Convocation 2020!

Spring Convocation 2021

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Convocation 2021