Convocation

A ceremony celebrating the graduates of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Dear MLFTC Graduates,

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

It’s time to celebrate you! Learn more about upcoming ceremonies below. 

 


Spring 2024 Event Details

Visit ASU Graduation for more information.


Important dates

Apply for graduation

You may apply online for graduation by visiting My ASU and going to "Apply for Graduation" in the “My Programs & Advising” box.

  • Undergraduate and graduate: $75
  • Each additional, concurrent degree: $25
  • Late fee, if applicable: $35

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

To avoid paying a late fee, your application must be received by the appropriate deadline.

If you're graduating in... Your deadline is...
Fall October 1
Spring February 15
Summer June 15

 

Register for graduation

 

Graduates must register separately for each ceremony they plan to attend. Registration opens via MyASU in early March. Once registration opens, register for ceremonies by visiting My ASU and selecting "Register for ceremonies." All graduates planning to attend in-person ceremonies must register to attend. Registration closes in mid-April.


Which ceremony should I attend?

Commencement — ASU ceremony

Commencement ceremonies are the official graduation events for the university, open to all graduating students, regardless of the college in which they are graduating.

Undergraduate commencement:

During the university’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, President Michael Crow confers degrees on all ASU bachelor’s degree candidates by colleges (not individually). This means Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students will be recognized together and will not individually cross the stage at this ceremony.

Graduate commencement:

During the university’s graduate commencement, President Michael Crow confers degrees on all ASU master’s and doctoral candidates.

  • Master’s degree candidates will be hooded, but not called individually to cross the stage.
  • Doctoral candidates will be hooded and called individually to cross the stage and receive congratulations.

Convocation — Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College ceremony

Convocation is a high-spirited celebration for graduating MLFTC students, in which graduates are individually recognized for their academic achievement.

Participation in graduation events is not required in order to graduate, although it is encouraged. Family and friends often want to see their graduates cross a stage and hear their names read.


Graduation resources

Regalia

Cap and gown are required for all events. Graduates must be in regalia to walk in the ceremony. Learn what regalia is required.

Regalia can be purchased at a discounted rate online via Herff Jones through early March. Graduating students received a unique URL via e-mail in mid-February. Regalia discounts will only be available through the unique link.

Regalia questions?  Visit the FAQs or email help@southwestgrad.com.

Undergraduate honor cords

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Your current GPA at the time of your cord request will determine which honor cords you are given. Cords may be picked up at any University Registrar Services location.

In-person students: honor cords may be picked up at any University Registrar Services location.
ASU Online students: honor cords will be mailed automatically to eligible students based on the requirements listed above.

Learn more about honor cords.

Master’s students graduating with distinction

Graduate students completing a master’s program with a 4.0 cumulative GPA qualify for With Distinction recognition. This recognition is indicated on the diploma and the ASU transcript with a notation of With Distinction. The With Distinction recognition applies only to students completing master’s degrees and will not be awarded retroactively. The cumulative GPA for With Distinction recognition is based on ASU coursework only.

Inquiries about master’s students graduating With Distinction may be directed to grad-gps@asu.edu

Diploma covers

Diploma covers will be distributed at in-person celebrations or shipped to graduates who request one.

Graduates attending an in-person ceremony will receive one at the in-person celebration.

Graduates unable to attend an in-person ceremony may request one. Bachelor’s and master’s graduates can do so here, while doctoral graduates should email commence-rsvp@asu.edu to request a cover.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed within six to eight weeks. Visit My ASU to confirm or change your home address, or local address for international students. Diplomas returned to ASU will be kept for one year. You will receive an email notification via your ASU email account when your diploma has been mailed.


Guests

Time and venue

Convocation will take place at Desert Financial Arena and will begin promptly at 9 a.m. MST (Arizona time). The ceremony is expected to last 90 minutes.

Doors to the arena open 1 hour before the ceremony for all guests at 8 a.m. No tickets are required and seating is open.

Clear Bag Policy and prohibited items

A clear bag policy is in effect during Convocation. Review the ASU Bag Policy for a list of prohibited items. Common prohibited items are signs, water bottles, air horns, etc.

Where to park

Parking for all attendees is in Lot 58, Lot 59 and the Packard Drive South parking structure. Please refer to ASU's event parking information for additional details.

Accessibility and disability information

Desert Financial Arena is ADA accessible. Guests who have a mobility impairment will be able to sit in reserved ADA seating with one companion.

Desert Financial Arena’s disabled seating is located on the interior concourse level of the arena. One additional guest may accompany the disabled guest in this area. To assure disabled seating for all who need to be accommodated, we ask that other guests be seated in the rows directly in front of the disabled seating areas. Download the Desert Financial Arena seating chart displaying locations for disabled seating. The seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage all guests to arrive early to avoid lines.

There will be live captioning available and an ASL interpreter on the stage.

Live stream

All ceremonies are streamed online for guests who cannot attend in person. Please visit live.asu.edu to view all ceremonies.

Celebrate your graduate!

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. Please visit the Graduation Day Flowers' pre-order page to place your order.


Information for Students

What to bring

  • Cap and gown. Official ASU graduation attire is required for all ASU graduation ceremonies. Graduation attire will not be available for purchase the day of the event.
  • ASU Sun Card or state ID. An ID is required to enter Desert Financial Arena.
  • Clear bag. The ASU Bag Policy will be enforced. If you bring a bag, it must align with the ASU Bag Policy.
  • Only items you need and can carry with you into Desert Financial Arena. No secure locations are available to store personal items.

Where to park

Parking for all attendees (graduates and guests) is in Lot 58Lot 59 and the Packard Drive South parking structure. Please refer to ASU's event parking information for additional details.

When you arrive

  • Go to the Sun Devil Stadium southeast entrance for check in, wearing your cap and gown and have your id ready.
  • You will go through a security screening checkpoint (e.g., bag check, walk-thru metal detectors or metal detector by a handheld wand).
  • Seating will be open by degree.

 

Have additional questions? 
Email us at ed-convocation@asu.edu