Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Convocation

The Ceremony

Engineering ceremony

Check-in for the ceremony will be at Sun Devil Club Plaza in the Desert Arboretum Park on the northeast side of Wells Fargo Arena. Check in starts 90 minutes before the ceremony starts and lasts for one hour. During check-in:

  • You will receive your reader’s card with your name and other information. Keep track of your reader’s card because you will hand this card to a volunteer as you approach the stage and it will be read as you cross the stage.
  • Take pictures with Sparky!
  • Check-in ends half an hour before the ceremony begins to give you time to find your friends and be seated on time.

After checking in, graduates should enter the arena through the west tunnel and proceed to their school seating area. Wear your cap and gown! Convocation volunteers will direct graduates. Seating within each degree area is not alphabetical, you can sit with your friends. The doors to Wells Fargo Arena will open to the public an hour before the ceremony. Tickets are required for guests to attend the ceremony. Seating is based on first come first serve, arrive early! All students must be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. If you’re late, you will be directed to available seating and may not be seated with your school or program. The ceremony will begin promptly on time. We are not able to seat students after the ceremony starts. Your name will be read. When you check in, you will be handed a readers card listing all of the information as you entered it on the RSVP. As students walk onto the stage, this card will be collected and the students name will be read as they cross the stage.

What to wear? The ASU standard cap and gown is required for all graduates, masters and PhD students wear hoods.

You can order supplies online, order at Grad Fair, watch Inner Circle for announcements about Grad Fairs or visit any ASU Campus Bookstore to purchase graduation attire and accessories.  Alumni Guide to Graduation and Grad Fair.

Undergraduate students with a final GPA over 3.40 are eligible to wear honors cords at convocation and commencement. Visit ASU registrar’s office to pick up your honors cords.

Procession Once the ceremony begins, faculty and other honorees will walk in through the west tunnel and proceed to the stage. Graduates should rise and face the center aisle as the platform members walk to the platform stage.

Recession At the conclusion of the convocation ceremony we ask you to refrain from tossing the mortar boards in the air for your own safety and the safety of other graduates. The lights above you are very hot and may break if hit by graduates’ caps. Graduates stand up at the end of the ceremony and remain standing as the platform party exits, then ushers will release the graduates row by row. Students will recess from Wells Fargo Arena from the West Tunnel. Family members and friends can meet graduates on the north or south side of Wells Fargo Arena.

Diplomas Graduates do not receive diplomas at convocation. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the University Registrar’s Office. For more information Click here to go to the Graduation section of the University Registrar’s website.

Diploma Covers Diploma covers will be handed out to master’s and undergraduate students at convocation. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please email your name and address and diploma cover request. Only emails that arrive after the ceremony will be processed. Ph.D. students will receive their diploma covers from the Graduate College, please contact them if you are unable to attend the University Commencement.

Undergraduate students only

Honors Designations Academic recognition is granted to undergraduate candidates only. Students must complete 56 or more hours of in-resident work at ASU’s Tempe, Polytechnic and Downtown Phoenix campuses in addition to having the appropriate grade point average. For questions about the grading system, please see the Academic Senate and Assembly’s Plus/Minus Grades Overview (PDF).

Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. Your diploma and transcripts will reflect the appropriate recognition based on all course work completed at ASU, including courses completed in your final semester.

If you are eligible for honor cords, you can pick them up at any registrar’s office on your campus. Find the registrar’s office for your campus

Summa Cum Laude = Maroon and Gold, 3.80 to 4.00 GPA Magna Cum Laude = Gold, 3.60 to 3.79 GPA Cum Laude = Maroon, 3.40 to 3.59 GPA

Ph.D. students only

Doctoral degree candidates All Ph.D. candidates and their respective advisors will line up together unless your advisor is a part of the platform party assigned to attend the ceremony on behalf of their department. Make sure you contact your advisor to organize where you will meet. You can meet either at Arboretum Park/Sun Devil Club Plaza where you register and pick up your readers cards. (Find parking on the map.) Or you can meet your advisor on the floor where you are seated. If this is your choice, enter through West Tunnel after you register in Arboretum. Tell the attendant you are a Ph.D. student. Go to the front of the seating arrangements on the right where you can see a Ph.D. lineup sign. Sit down and save a seat for your advisor if he/she is not on the stage.  If your advisor cannot attend the ceremony, contact the Fulton Engineering Events Manager to make other arrangements.