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Frequently Asked Questions for Spring 2021

Ceremonies and Celebrations

This will be an in-person, physically distanced walk-through celebration on May 5 from 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. Graduates’ names will be read as they cross the stage, and the event will be live streamed for friends and families. Registration is required, and you will sign up for a time slot to limit capacity. Professional photos will be taken. Cap and gown are optional. Registration information is coming soon.

No. Per the ASU policy, no family members or guests are allowed. This event is for graduates only in order to limit the number of people attending the event. A link will be provided for friends and family to view the live stream of this event.

The virtual ceremony includes remarks from ASU President Michael Crow and College of Health Solutions Dean Deborah Helitzer. Similar to an in-person ceremony, all graduates will have their names read when their graduation slide appears. Graduates must submit a personal photo and quote for their graduation slides by 11:59 p.m. April 21 on Marching Order via My ASU to ensure that their name, photo and message are included.

Please see the next question and answer regarding our live convocation watch party, held online May 3 at 5:30 p.m. MST — we hope you will join us so we can celebrate together!

Family and friends are invited to join us for our Convocation Watch Party: Cheers to Health at 5:30 p.m. MST on Monday, May 3 via YouTube. This virtual watch party will include toasts from faculty and staff and a full viewing of the College of Health Solutions convocation ceremony, including the reading of names.

If you are unable to watch at that time, the ceremony will be available online for you and your family members to view whenever it is best for you.

Registration and Participation

Yes. Graduates will find the link to submit a registration for both the university commencement and the college convocation event on My ASU. If you would like to include a personal message for your graduation slide along with a photo, you will need to complete the virtual graduation registration. The deadline to submit a photo and personal message is 11:59 p.m. April 21.

Yes. Once in-person ceremonies are allowed, Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates will be invited to participate.

Yes. If you plan to graduate this spring you must apply and pay the graduation application filing fee, whether or not you intend to participate in a ceremony. Get more information on applying for graduation.

No. If you choose not to take part in any ceremony, you will still need to apply for graduation and pay the graduation application filing fee. If your university academic requirements are met, you will receive your diploma in the mail. Get more information on applying for graduation.


No. Graduates are invited to wear regalia to the in-person event, but it is not required. There will be several opportunities for photos, so graduates may wish to wear a cap and gown.

If you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for academic honors (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude), the university will mail honor cords to your diploma address.

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Which cords you are given is determined by your GPA at the time you request the cords. Learn more about academic recognition and honor cords.