What is the difference between Commencement and Convocation?

Commencement – ASU ceremony

Commencement ceremonies are the official graduation events for the university open to all graduating students regardless of what school they are graduating from.

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

During the University’s graduate commencement, President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU graduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates). Masters candidates will be hooded at Graduate Commencement but will not be called individually to cross the stage. Doctoral candidates will be hooded, have their names called and cross the stage individually to receive congratulations.

Convocation – Fulton Schools ceremony

Convocation ceremonies are celebrations of graduating engineering students and their achievements, presented by the Fulton Schools. Convocation is a high-spirited celebration of our graduating students. Students are individually recognized for their academic achievement.