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School for the Future of Innovation in Society Convocation

Congratulations on the completion of your degree program at Arizona State University!  Graduates: As a student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, there are steps you need to take before you graduate. You must have completed all of your coursework requirements and work with your advisor in order to graduate. 

Date: Monday, December, 10, 2018

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Lyceum Theater

Guest Speaker: Marcelino Ford-Livene, Managing Director and Executive-in-Residence, Intel

Marcelino Ford-Livene



1) Understand the difference between Commencement and Convocation ceremonies       

Simply put, "Commencement" is the "big" ceremony and "Convocation" is the "little" one.  Commencement is university-wide and Convocation is only for SFIS.  There is a Commencement for undergraduate students and a commencement for graduate students.  There is one Convocation for SFIS.  There is a more detailed explaination below. 

2) Apply to graduate - October 1, 2018

Apply for graduation online or in-person. The application deadline for spring graduates is TBD. Note: If application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.  Students must file for graduation by the deadline in order to avoid paying a late fee and have their names printed in the Commencement and Convocation program.

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

To apply for graduation online, log on to your MyASU account and click the “Apply for Graduation” link on the graduation tab under "My Programs and Degree and Progress" (graduate) or "My Programs and eAdvisor" (undergarduate). Please note that a credit card is required (see fees above). Follow the instructions on the screen.

To apply in-person, pay the graduation fee at the University Cashier’s Office, located in the Student Services Building (SSV) on the second floor. Please note their hours are 8:15 am – 4:30 pm. Complete the graduation questionnaire given to you by the Cashier’s Office. Present your graduation fee receipt and completed questionnaire to the Graduation Section of the Registrar’s Office.

The graduation office will check your DARS (undergraduate) report or graduate program of study to make sure that you have completed the requirements for your degree.

3) RSVP for the SFIS Convocation here. This is separate from your MyASU application for graduation which is a rsvp to Commencement.  

DEADLINE:  November 30, 2018
Graduates should respond for themselves plus their guests on the form in the RSVP link.  We have a limit of 10 guests per family.  Please contact cindy.dick@asu.edu if you have more than 10 guests. 

4) RSVP for ASU Commencement- Go to the RSVP Ceremonies link available on your MyASU page.

Graduate students are eligible to RSVP for ASU Graduate commencement.   Undergraduate students are eligible to RSVP for ASU undergraduate commencement.

Additionally, ASU offers several special interest graduation events that you may attend. See the schedule here.  

IMPORTANT: If you're entering the Wells Fargo Arena, please be aware that they are enforcing the clear bag policy.  No large purses, bags, or backpacks will be allowed into the building.  All items that would be carried in a bag must be in a clear bag.  Click here for more information on the policy.  

5) Purchase graduation regalia online (cap, gown, and hood) or order at Grad Fair.  Grad Fair offers discounts on packaged graduation regalia options and people you can ask questions of.  In-person Grad Fair dates are below at each campus.

Grad Fair Fall 2018

Polytechnic campus: 

October 16, 2018
Polytechnic campus bookstore 
5999 S Backus Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212

West campus: 

October 18, 2018
West campus bookstore 
4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306

Tempe campus: 

October 23-24, 2018
Tempe campus bookstore 
525 E. Orange Street, Tempe, AZ 85287

Downtown campus: 

October 25, 2018
Downtown campus bookstore 
111 E. Taylor St. #160, Phoenix, AZ 85281

ASU Online Campus
*Eligible full-time online students only
*Eligible full-time online students will receive an email regarding how to access the Online Grad Fair.

6) Graduate! 

7) Optional - Leis and bouquets will be sold at the convocation ceremonies.  Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures.  Click HERE to access Graduation Day Flowers' pre-order page! Graduation Day Flowers are the official flower vendor for ASU.  

Please read the detailed information below. 

Graduation Ceremonies

All SFIS Graduates are invited to attend both University Commencement and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Convocation. Information about these two ceremonies can be found on the University Graduation Ceremonies Web site.

If you plan on attending University commencement, please RSVP through your MyASU account after you have applied for graduation. The RSVP system will record each graduate’s information, which will be used at your respective Commencement.  If you plan on attending SFIS Convocation please rsvp using the link above (step 3). 


Graduation information

Graduation information


What is the difference between Convocation, Commencement, and Graduation?

Commencement is a university celebration with all ASU graduates (not just those from your particular school or college). At this large ceremony, no individual names are called other than perhaps a student speaker. Groups of graduates are asked to stand up together. Expect a large attendance. There are no fees to attend commencement, other than what you pay to apply to graduate, your graduation regalia (cap and gown), and maybe parking. More information about commencement.

Convocation is the ceremony at which students are individually recognized by their college or school for their academic achievement. This is the event where your name and degree are announced as you walk across the stage, shake the hand of the dean or director, and receive a diploma cover (actual diplomas are mailed to you later via post). There are no fees to attend Convocation, other than what you pay to apply to gradaute, your graduation regalia (cap and gown), and possibly, parking. 

Graduation is when you complete all your coursework/finish your program of study. To be sure your graduation from ASU is official, you must contact the University Graduation office, as well as speak to your academic advisor. To complete the graduation process, a fee is charged – it is paid online and all forms are submitted online as well, but not until all your coursework is complete. More about graduation and instructions for applying for graduation.

Please note that graduates must both APPLY for graduation and RSVP for the ceremonies in order to attend. Attending the ceremonies is optional. See schedule of ceremonies for a complete list.


Convocation for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society

May 8, 2018 

4:00pm - Students should arrive at 3:00pm for prep & donning regalia, instructions, as well as a class photo. 

Ceremony: begins promptly at 4:00 PM

Reception: 5:00-6:00pm

Location: Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Fine Arts Center


Undergraduate Commencement

University Commencement for Undergraduate Students 
Monday, May 7, 2018

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson Street

Phoenix, AZ 85004


Graduate Commencement

University Commencement for Graduate Students 
May 7, 2018, time 9:00AM 
Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe Campus - 600 E Veterans Way Tempe, AZ 85281

Tickets are NOT required for events held in Wells Fargo Arena for May 7, 2018, however, graduates must apply and pay their graduation fees on or before TBA in order to have the RSVP link for graduation ceremonies placed on your My ASU page. The link will appear under the Graduation Tab on your My ASU page. Submit your RSVP through your My ASU page to indicate your participation at University Graduate Commencement.




NOTE: The correct hood color for SFIS Master's students is FLAME.  Please make sure you recieve the correct color (see image below). On the Herff Jones website, it is called "COPPER" and will be listed under "Innovation in Society" for degrees.  The difference in the name is because it comes from the manufacturer as "copper".  

SFIS hood

An official ASU cap and gown must be worn during the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. Tassels are worn on the right until degrees are conferred at Commencement. Masters and PhD graduates should wear ceremonial hoods to Convocation. For ordering and pricing information, visit the Herff Jones website. To avoid out-of-stock situations, order as soon as possible.

All college convocations, all special interest convocation events, and both University Commencement events (graduate and undergraduate) require an RSVP for participation. For information about special interest convocation activities, please contact the University Ceremonies Office.

For more information about regalia please click here. 

To see a video that explains the different regalia click here. 

Three Easy Ways to Order

1. Order online!

Graduation products will be delivered to your home address. The deadline to order online is TBA for students. The deadline is only for cap and gowns.

2. Order at Grad Fair!

Place your order at the Sun Devil Campus Store and take your cap and gown and frame home that day! Graduation Packages are discounted during Grad Fair only! All Grad Fair times are from TBA.  Grad Fair Guide

Onine students - you will be contacted via email to place your order

Polytechnic Campus -  TBA

West Campus - TBA

Downtown Campus - TBA

Tempe Campus - TBA

3. Order at the Sun Devil Campus Store!

After Grad Fair, the Sun Devil Campus Store will have caps and gowns available for purchase until graduation.

Graduation Products

Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones.

*You may order your announcements, diploma frame, and ring online at any time. Online orders will be shipped.



Congratulations on the completion/planned completion of your degree program at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. You deserve to be very proud of this significant academic achievement.

Please review your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to ensure you have met all degree requirements. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor if you have questions or concerns. All requirements must be completed prior to the degree conferral date for the semester you are graduating. Undergraduate students pursing concurrent degrees must apply for graduation and complete both degrees in the same semester. Undergraduates who wish to remove a minor, concurrent degree or certificate from their degree audit should contact their academic advisor. Failure to do so may result in the student being withdrawn from graduation and delay the posting of their degree.

All undergraduates will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies.

Undergraduates will check-in with commencement volunteers in the Desert Arboretum Park, located directly north of Wells Fargo Arena.

Master's Candidates

Master's Candidates

Master's Candidates

All master's candidates will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies. For University Commencement, please wear your hood to the ceremony.

Master's candidates will check-in with commencement volunteers in the Desert Arboretum Park, located directly north of Wells Fargo Arena. 

Summer 2018 Master and Doctoral graduates: Master and Doctoral graduates who completed degree requirements in August of 2018 may participate in December, 2018 ceremonies. Candidates must apply for summer graduation and pay your fees in order to have the RSVP link appear on your My ASU page. Your name will appear with the listing of students who completed degree requirements in August 2018 in the December 2018 Commencement program.

 For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony only please check the FAQ page first and then, if needed, email commence-RSVP@asu.edu.

PhD candidates

PhD candidates

PhD candidates:

Please be aware that doctoral candidates must complete all degree requirements in order to participate in the commencement ceremony as outlined on the Graduate Education Office deadlines. You must RSVP to attend commencement by April 23, 2018. Read more information about the deadlines and procedures for graduation.  Click here for more information about the deadlines and procedures for graduation.  

PhD students must also submit the name of your mentor or hooder (the faculty member attending with you). The link will appear after you have been advanced to candidacy by the Graduate Education Office, applied for graduation and paid your fees.

All PhD candidates and graduate mentors will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies. Candidates, please carry your hood over your arm. It should not be worn before your degree is conferred. Please invite your PhD mentor to participate in the hooding ceremony. If your mentor cannot attend the ceremony, please invite an appropriate substitute from the ASU faculty. Your faculty mentor/hooder or substitute will be seated next to you. At the designated time, you will hand your hood to your hooder who will then place the hood over your head. As your name is called, you will proceed across the platform. *All Doctoral candidates will check-in with commencement volunteers in the Desert Arboretum Park, located directly north of Wells Fargo Arena. 

For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony only please email commence-RSVP@asu.edu




Professional photographs will be taken of all graduates as they cross the stage. Graduates will receive a proof and price information directly from the vendor, Grad Images, shortly after the ceremony. There is no obligation to make a purchase. Grad Images will contact you via email, so it is important that your email address is correct on the reader card you receive at the student line up. Please review it carefully and make any necessary corrections before you cross the stage so that the photographer can reach you. For more information, call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or email service@gradimages.com.

Digital commencement programs

As part of a pilot program launched in December 2012, the Office of University Ceremonies has transitioned to providing student graduates with a digital Commencement program. Individual names will no longer be listed in printed programs. Undergraduate, juris doctor and master degree candidates will receive an external flash drive with the digital program at the College Convocation event. Doctoral candidates will receive an external flash drive with the digital program at the University Graduate Commencement. 

Printed Convocation Programs

SFIS will provide printed programs at Convocation. In order to ensure your name is printed in the program, please RSVP to graduate by May 1, 2018.


Diplomas are mailed approximately 10 to 12 weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ASU email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the home address on file with University Registrar Services. Students can update their home address from your My ASU page. Additional information about diplomas can be found here.


There are multiple locations for you and your guests to park on the Tempe campus. See the interactive ASU map for details.

Accommodations for special needs


The Wells Fargo Arena is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for guests with limited mobility. Seating for those in wheelchairs or who have limited mobility is reserved on the upper concourse. Students in wheelchairs will be assisted up and down the ramps of the platform. Please be sure to indicate on your RSVP that you and/or your guests need special accommodations.

For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony only please email commence-RSVP@asu.edu.



Faculty Information

Faculty, please rsvp here if you are attending SFIS' Convocation.  

Faculty Regalia Rental

Faculty:  You can purchase OR rent your regalia for the upcoming spring 2018 Graduation from Herff Jones

  • Online Rental Regalia
  • Late Rental Regalia
    • If you miss the ordering deadline, the Tempe bookstore will have faculty regalia to rent up to the day of graduation and please know that the hoods will be ASU colors, not the faculty’s conferring university.
  • Custom Purchase Regalia
    • Deadline to purchase is March 9, 2018
    • Below are days faculty members can visit us on campus to order.  We’ll be at the bookstore at each campus.
      • ASU Tempe

                                Tuesday, January 30th (12PM - 3PM)

                                Tuesday, February 6th (11AM - 2PM

                                Wednesday, February 7th (11AM - 2PM)


How-to Videos

How-to Videos

ASU Grad: How to Prepare for Undergraduate Commencement at Chase Field

ASU Grad: How to Prepare for Wells Fargo Arena Ceremonies

ASU Grad: How to wear your Doctorate Cap and Gown

ASU Grad: How to wear your Bachelor's Cap and Gown

ASU Grad: How to wear your Master's Cap and Gown