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Update on Spring 2020 graduation ceremonies

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates in the 2020 Spring commencement in a virtual, online ceremony. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students.

Students should continue to monitor their ASU email for important updates.

The CHS virtual ceremony will be available Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 9:00 am PDT. The ceremony is pre-recorded and can be viewed anytime after it premiers.

View the Spring 2020 CHS virtual ceremony

CHS Virtual Ceremony FAQs

Yes. CHS will host a virtual convocation ceremony on May 12 for our graduates and highlight our Outstanding Graduates for Spring 2020. All ceremonies will be aired on YouTube.

We will hear remarks from ASU President Michael Crow and CHS Dean Deborah Helitzer. Award winners will be honored and all graduates will have their names read. Students have the option to add personalized content to their individual recognition slide through the virtual graduation registration. (Students should have received an email with the virtual graduation registration link on Monday, April 6.)

All ASU graduating students will submit a single registration for both the university commencement and their college or school convocation event. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the virtual graduation registration. (See above section.)

If you would like to add a photo and caption to your virtual ceremony profile, you will need to RSVP via the virtual graduation registration link. (See above section.) If you do not want to add personalized content, you will still have a virtual profile as part of our virtual ceremony.

The May 12 ceremony will be available to view online. We encourage you to share the link with all of your family and friends and invite them to celebrate your accomplishments. The video will also be available to view after May 12.

Yes. Spring 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend the December 2020 or the Spring 2021 ceremonies. You can participate in both the virtual ceremony and the in-person ceremony.

Yes. If you plan to graduate this spring you must apply and pay the fee, whether or not you intend to participate in a ceremony. For information on how to apply, visit Applying for graduation.

No. If students choose not to take part in any ceremony and their university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, they will receive their diplomas in the mail (please see below section for more information of how to request your diploma).



  • If you purchase regalia for the virtual graduation ceremony by May 1, your order will be shipped in time for the virtual ceremony on May 12.
  • To purchase graduation regalia, visit the Herff Jones website.
  • If you ordered regalia at either the March 23–27 online Grad Fair, through the Herff Jones website or the ASU bookstore, your order will be shipped in time for the virtual ceremony on May 12.
  • If you plan to attend the December 2020 or Spring 2021 ceremony, you will be notified of the dates to purchase graduation regalia.

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Request your honor cords by visiting Honor cord request and the university will mail them to you. Which cords you are given is determined by your GPA at the time you request the cords. For more information, visit Graduation ceremonies.

Yes. Diploma covers are traditionally handed out during the CHS Convocation ceremony. If you plan to attend either the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 ceremonies, you will receive your diploma cover then. If you decide to participate only in the May 12 virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out this diploma cover request form and the cover will be shipped to you.

Related Information

Commencement FAQ page

Update from President Crow