Why are we not having an in-person event now that the governor has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions?
The university has not changed their guidelines for hosting in-person events. In order to celebrate all of our graduates, we are making it possible for you and your friends and families to attend a live ceremony in a virtual 3D environment. In this environment, you’ll be able to meet in front of Old Main for some pre-ceremony virtual socializing, then you’ll be digitally transported to Sun Devil Stadium for the one-hour ceremony. This is a one-of-a-kind event, and Fulton Schools is the only college to be offering a virtual, live ceremony this semester.
I graduated in 2020 and want to join an in-person event for my school/program. How can I do that?
Please continue checking My ASU. When the university returns to large, in-person events, graduates from the Class of 2020 will be able to register to walk in Convocation.
Please check with your school or program for more information about whether you can attend their events this semester.
How will my family find out where to watch the ceremony?
First, you have to register your guests when you RSVP for graduation. Select “Graduation at ASU’s Virtual Campus” and provide your guests’ full names and email addresses. Then let them know to watch for a series of emails from “firstname.lastname@example.org” leading up to the virtual ceremony on May 3.
What will the virtual social event be like? Tell me more.
It’s going to be fun! After you enter the environment, you’ll immediately have a quick tutorial about how to move around the space. Make sure you enable your camera and microphone for the full experience. As you move your avatar around the virtual space, you will be able to hear and participate in conversations.
While in the event, you will be able to search for people you would like to see. You can message them in the chat feature, or use the “go to person” feature to be moved close to them, so you can speak to one another with a voice chat. As avatars come together they hear the people around them. As they move apart, voices fade, just like an in-person event.
If you need any assistance while in the space, simply find one of our “digital ushers” — they’ll be the bright blue avatars with the “Ask me!” tag.
How many guest passes will I receive for the virtual social event portion?
Five. It’s best to think of one guest pass = one person. But you can “extend” the number of guests with you by thinking about each guest pass as a “log in” instead. For instance, if you want to invite two people who can watch from the same computer, they only need one pass to log in. The second person can watch and listen by sitting nearby.
In another example, if you gave your aunt one guest pass, your uncle and any cousins in the same household could gather around the same computer to experience what your aunt’s avatar experiences in the virtual event. Many households have technology that allows a computer screen to be displayed on a television. With this method, the whole family could experience the event with only one pass.