Student Life

Your Graduation Experience

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. As a New College senior, it’s time to prepare for graduation.

The Ceremonies

The main graduation events are Commencement and Convocation. There are two commencement ceremonies — one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. While Commencement is university-wide, Convocation is specific to New College.

All graduates and their families are welcome to attend both events. Tickets are not required. Graduates must wear an official ASU cap and gown (available at the ASU bookstore).

Undergraduate Commencement

ASU President Michael Crow will confer degrees upon all undergraduate students.

May 11, 2015
7:00 p.m.*
Sun Devil Stadium

*Graduates must check-in one hour before the ceremony begins.

Transportation Option: ASU New College graduates and their families are invited to board a motor coach at the West campus for travel to the ASU Undergraduate Commencement in Tempe. Tickets are free, but reservations are required and must be made by May 1, 2015. The coach will leave the West campus at 5 p.m., and will return to the West campus 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony. For questions regarding the motor coach, please call 602-543-6002. Pick up motor coach tickets in the New College Dean’s Office, FAB N303.

Graduate Commencement

ASU President Michael Crow will confer degrees upon all graduate students.

May 11, 2015
10:30 a.m.*
Wells Fargo Arena

*Graduates must check-in one hour before the ceremony begins.

New College Convocation

Held on the Quad at the ASU West campus, Convocation is a celebratory ceremony in which students will be individually recognized by Vice Provost and Dean Marlene Tromp and the school directors for their educational achievements.

May 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.
The Quad
ASU's West campus

Parking Note: Please plan on entering the West campus from 43rd Avenue and Joan de Arc or 51st Avenue and Wood Drive. Parking will be available in the South Zone where golf carts will be running for guests who require assistance to the ceremony. See map. Carpooling is recommended.

 Key Convocation Information

  • You must arrive by 5:00 p.m. to check in at La Sala in the UCB.

  • You must wear your cap and gown. Any academic honors cords may be worn over the graduation gown. (Honors cords can be picked up at the registrar’s office one business day prior to the ceremony.)

  • When you check-in, you will receive your name card with the information you provided to during your online RSVP. During the ceremony you will give this card to the Faculty Marshal, who will read your name as you cross the stage. After you check-in you also will be told where to line up.

  • Faculty and staff members will lead you through the Paley Gates and to the platform area on The Quad Lawn.

  • Each graduate will walk up to the stage and present the name card to the Faculty Marshal, receive the diploma cover, shake hands with the Vice Provost and Dean and others, cross the stage and return to your seat.

If you need additional information or if you or your guests require special accommodations, please contact Lauren Griswold, 602-543-6002 or lauren.griswold@asu.edu.

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