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Ceremonies held in Gammage Auditorium and Wells Fargo Arena have adopted the Clear Bag Policy.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

University Commencement ceremonies

Graduate Commencement
Monday, May 7, 2018
9 a.m.
Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus [map]

Undergraduate Commencement
Monday, May 7, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Chase Field, Downtown Phoenix [map]

Ira A. Fulton Schools Convocation ceremonies

Due to the size of the Fulton Schools, there will be two ceremonies, each with three of our six schools. We will determine how the schools will be split late February when we know how many students apply to graduate.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
MAROON Convocation

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
2:00 p.m.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
GOLD Convocation

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
7:00 p.m.


NEW THIS YEAR: Tickets required for convocation guests

Tickets will be required for all guests to attend both of the Engineering Convocation ceremonies. 
Students can request tickets after they apply to graduate and have completed their RSVP for attending the ceremony. 

Required Steps for Graduation and Convocation

Step 1: Apply to Graduate

Apply to Graduate by Feb. 15

From My ASU, select the Graduation tab from My Programs and eAdvisor™ and follow the online instructions. 

You’ll need to pay your filing fees with a credit card:

  • Undergraduate: $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)
  • Graduate: $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Step 2: RSVP for Convocation

R.S.V.P. for Convocation

Once you apply for graduation, you will need to R.S.V.P. for the Fulton Schools Convocation ceremonies.

Details on how to do that will be added when available.

Step 3: Reserve Tickets

Reserve Tickets

Tickets will be required for all guests attending the Fulton Schools Convocation.

Based on the number of graduates attending Convocation, a limited amount of tickets will be allotted to each graduate for their guests. You must reserve tickets for your guests. 

Information for reserving tickets and the number of tickets to be allotted will be made available when determined.

Ceremony Details


–Student check in opens two hours before the event

–Student check in closes 30 min before the event starts, all graduates have to have picked up their readers card before this time in order to participate in the ceremony.

–All graduates must be seated 15 min before the ceremony starts.  Student seating will be released to guests at that time and we can not guarantee seating for late comers.   

–Bring your photo identification to the west tunnel entrance.

Visitors (and Students)

–Tickets are needed for all guests attending the ceremony in Wells Fargo Arena

–Doors open to public one hour prior to the ceremony

–Ceremonies start promptly at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Wells Fargo Arena at the ASU Tempe campus
600 E. Veterans Way
Tempe, AZ 85281

Can’t be there in person? Watch online!

Your family and friends can watch the ceremony online at




Additional Information



Getting to Wells Fargo Arena

The use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Visit for neighborhood shuttles and Valley Metro options.



Attendees and guests can park in:

  • — Lot 59
  • — Accessible parking: Lot 58 will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis, to cars displaying a disabled parking decal. Additional accessible parking available in the south portion of Lot 59 and in the Packard Drive South Structure.

Graduates and guests needing close access to the arena’s entrance can be dropped off at the designated drop-off site located on the west side of Wells Fargo Arena. Cart service from the parking areas to the entrance is available for attendees who require special assistance. For more info and maps, see

Bring your ASU Sun Card

In addition to the new Clear Bag Policy, you will need to have your ASU Sun Card or another state or federally issued photo identification (like a driver’s license) to enter Wells Fargo Arena through the west tunnel.

Check in

Check in is located at Sun Devil Club Plaza in the Desert Arboretum Park on the northeast side of Wells Fargo Arena. Check in opens 90 minutes before each ceremony starts. Be sure to have your photo taken with Sparky!

Clear Bag Policy

To enhance public safety and make arena access more efficient, Sun Devil Athletics has adopted a Clear Bag Policy. In addition to a small clutch or purse for privacy, you are limited to bringing one clear bag, no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag, to Wells Fargo Arena. Read more about the Clear Bag Policy

What to wear

An ASU cap and gown is required attire for all graduates. Visit any ASU campus bookstore to purchase graduation attire and accessories. Undergrads, is your final GPA over 3.4? Visit the ASU Registrar’s Office to pick up your honor cords.



Tickets will be required for all guests to attend the Engineering Convocation ceremony. 
Students can request tickets after they apply to graduate and have completed their RSVP for attending the ceremony. 


Diplomas and Gifts

Graduates do not receive diplomas at the Engineering Convocation Ceremonies. Diplomas and gifts will be mailed separately, six to eight weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the University Registrar’s Office. For more information, visit


Rev up your creativity and get your glue guns ready!

Rev up your creativity and get your glue guns ready! Three students will be selected and recognized during the ceremony for their mortarboard decorations. It’s a great chance to win some Fulton Engineering swag.

No time to design your own? Download and print one of our pre-made mortarboard toppers.

What is the difference between commencement and convocation?

During the University’s graduate commencement, President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU graduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates). Doctoral students are hooded on the floor before walking onto stage. You must participate in commencement during the semester you apply to graduate.

During the University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU undergraduate students (bachelor’s candidates) by schools. All Fulton Schools of Engineering students are recognized together and do not walk onto stage.

Learn more about the University commencements

The Fulton Schools of Engineering Convocation is a high-spirited celebration of our graduating students. You will be individually recognized for your academic achievement, and your name will be read as you walk across the stage to shake hands with deans and program chairs. You will be able to sit with friends in your program — so long as you show up on time!

Doctoral students will be hooded during the convocation ceremony, but master’s students will not be hooded.

Read the FAQ and information about our convocation ceremony.


 I applied for graduation. Do I need to register to attend graduation?

Yes, applying for graduation— and paying your graduation fee — is a University requirement to process your degree after coursework is complete and issue your diploma. You can graduate without attending any ceremony.

You can attend several different graduation ceremonies including University Commencement, Fulton Schools Convocation and special interest convocations. Registering for each ceremony ensures that you and your guests will have seats at each event.

Learn more about University ceremonies

We are so happy you’re graduating! Make sure to mark your calendars for Commencement and Fulton Schools Convocation, we can’t wait to see you there.