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At this time, we have made no decision to cancel graduation ceremonies. Please know that we will be continuously assessing the circumstances arising from the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and will make a determination later based upon those circumstances. We will keep everyone informed as decisions are made.
Cap and Gown information - If commencement is cancelled, Herff Jones will refund your purchase of unused regalia up until the original ceremony date.
Please keep checking the ASU COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.



SFIS 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. 

SFIS Convocation

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Theater
                  51 E. 10th Street  Tempe, AZ
Guest Speaker: TBA



Important steps and deadlines

1) Understand the difference between Commencement and Convocation ceremonies       

Simply put, "commencement" is the large ceremony and "convocation" is the smaller one.  Commencement is university-wide and Convocation is only for SFIS.  There is a Commencement for undergraduate students and commencement for graduate students.  There is one Convocation for SFIS.  A more detailed explanation is below. 

2) Apply to graduate - February 15, 2020

Apply for graduation online or in-person. The application deadline for spring graduates is February 15, 2020. Note: This year the application deadline falls on a weekend, therefor the deadline will be extended to the next business day (Feb. 17). 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" (undergraduate). 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 This is separate from your MyASU application for graduation which is an rsvp to Commencement.  

DEADLINE:  Friday, May 1, 2020
Graduates should respond for themselves along with their guests on the form in the RSVP link.  

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 Sun Devil Stadium, Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena), or Gammage Auditorium, please be aware that they are enforcing the clear bag policy.  No large purses, bags, or backpacks will be allowed into the building by anyone.  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 Spring 2020 

All the times are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tempe campus – March 24 - 26, Tempe Campus Bookstore, 525 E. Orange Street 

Downtown campus – March 19 - 20, Downtown Campus Bookstore, 111E. Taylor St #160, Phoenix

Polytechnic campus – March 17, 5999 S. Backus Mall, Mesa

West campus – March 18, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale

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 website.

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?

Commencemen- Graduates from all of ASU's campuses are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony. University commencement is the university-wide celebration in which degrees are conferred upon graduating students by the president of Arizona State University. At the University Undergraduate Commencement, graduates are recognized by their college and stand as a group to be presented prior to degree conferral. At the University Graduate Commencement, graduates will have their names called and will individually be recognized before crossing the stage. 

Convocation - College and cultural convocations are a time for smaller groups to gather and celebrate students’ graduation. The smaller setting provides the opportunity for individual recognition. Convocation events are where your name is called, and you will cross the stage to receive congratulations. 

Graduates do not receive diplomas at University Commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the university registrar's office.

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 the schedule of ceremonies for a complete list.


Convocation for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society

May 12, 2020

4 p.m. 

Students should arrive at 3 p.m. for prep & donning regalia, instructions, and the class photo. 

Ceremony: begins promptly at 4 p.m.

Reception: 5 - 6 p.m.

Location: Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Theater
                 51 E. 10th Street  Tempe, AZ

Tickets are not required but we ask that you RSVP here


Undergraduate Commencement

Monday, May 11, 2020


Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ 85281 

Tickets are not required. 

Clear bag policy will be in effect.  Be aware of what you are carrying before entering the arena.  This policy applies to everyone that enters the arena.


Graduate Commencement

University Commencement for Graduate Students 

May 11, 2020

9:00 a.m. 

Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena),  600 E Veterans Way Tempe, AZ 85281

Clear bag policy will be in effect.  Be aware of what you are carrying before entering the arena.  This policy applies to everyone that enters the arena.





NOTE: The correct hood color for SFIS Master's students is FLAME.  Please make sure you receive 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.  The student online order deadline is Monday, April 9, 2020.

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 April 19 for students. The deadline is only for your cap and gown.

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!  Grad Fair Guide

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

All times are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tempe campus – March 24 – 26 Tempe Campus Bookstore, 525 E. Orange Street 

Downtown campus – March 19, 20Downtown Campus Bookstore, 111E. Taylor St #160, Phoenix

Polytechnic campus – March 17, 5999 S. Backus Mall, Mesa

West campus – March 18, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale 

3. Order at the Sun Devil Campus Store!

After the 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.

For more information about regalia, click here




Congratulations on the completion/planned completion of your degree program at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. You deserve to be 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 pursuing 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.

Check ASU graduation website for more undergraduate information.

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

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.

More information can be found here.
For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony please check the FAQ page first and then, if needed, contact university ceremonies.

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

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. The ASU Commencement RSVP site will be made available in the first week of March.  Read more information about the deadlines and procedures for graduation.  

All PhD candidates and graduate mentors will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies. Please carry your hood over your arm. It should not be worn before your degree is conferred.


For Commencement - 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.  It is the responsibility of graduating doctoral candidates to submit the name of their mentor or hooder (the faculty member attending with you).  For Doctoral students, the link will appear after you have been advanced to Candidacy by the Graduate College, applied for graduation and paid your fees.  If the name and contact information for your hooder is not submitted a seat WILL NOT be reserved.

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. For the ceremony on Monday, May 11 at 9:00 am you should plan to arrive no later than 8:00 am. *All Doctoral candidates will check-in with commencement volunteers at the Sun Devil Plaza, located directly west of Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena).

For the SFIS convocation – you will be hooded by the academic chair of your degree program. 

For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony please email commence-RSVP@asu.edu. For SFIS convocation questions, please contact cindy.dick@asu.edu or your academic advisor. 



Frequently Asked Questions


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.

Printed Convocation Programs

SFIS will provide printed programs at Convocation listing all SFIS students that will graduate in the fall or graduate in the summer.


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. graduation.asu.edu/guests/parking

Accommodations for special needs


The Desert Financial Arena (Formerly 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 when you RSVP that you and/or your guests need special accommodations. More information can be found here.

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



Faculty information

RSVP for the SFIS Convocation ceremony

Faculty Regalia Rental

Faculty:  You can purchase OR rent your regalia for the upcoming Spring 2020 Graduation from Herff Jones