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New College Convocation Date and Time:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:00p.m.  The Quad Lawn, ASU's West campus

Graduation Application Deadlines: 

  • Spring, February 15, 2014 
  • Summer, June 15, 2014

Honor Cords and Veteran's Cords are available for pick-up at the Registrar's office in UCB, 1st floor.

RSVP site will "go live" on February 17, following the Application deadline.  After February 17, you will receive a link in your MyASU to RSVP for Commencement and Convocation.

Spring 2014 Outstanding Graduate and Student Speaker Nominations are now open.  Click on the nomination forms below.

Student Speaker Application

Outstanding Graduation Nomination form

Your College Graduation Experience

 Congratulations New College Seniors!

The Total Graduation Experience

The College Graduation Experience at ASU includes: Graduate Commencement, Undergraduate Commencement and the New College Convocation ceremony.

Graduate Commencement

The official University Graduation Ceremony in which ASU President Michael Crow will confer degrees upon all graduate Students. College graduate commencement will be held at Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe.

Undergraduate Commencement

The Official University ceremony at which ASU President Michael Crow will confer degrees upon all undergraduate students. Undergraduate commencement will be held in Wells Fargo Arena Tempe.

New College Convocation

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

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more info - undergraduate commencement

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The RSVP link for Commencement and Convocation will be live in your MyASU beginning February 25, 2014 following the Graduation Application Deadline on February 15, 2014. 

Apply for Graduation by the deadline to insure that you receive the RSVP link.

University Commencement Ceremonies

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Graduate Commencement Undergraduate Commencement

May 12, 2014

Time:  10:30 a.m.

Wells Fargo Arena

May 14, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sun Devil Stadium

  • No tickets are required.
  • All graduates and their family are welcome to attend.
  • All candidates are required to wear an official ASU cap and gown.
    These are available at the ASU bookstore (602) 543-6800.
  • All graduates will need to check in one hour before the ceremony begins
  • Commencement Website and Information:
  • Full University Commencement and Convocation schedule Spring 2014:


New College is looking for a Student Speaker. 

New College Faculty are asked to nominate a student to represent the Class of 2014 during the Spring 2014 ceremony.  If you are interested in being the Spring 2014 Student Speaker please speak with your Professors and let them know.  Professor nominations for Student Speaker will begin February 17, 2014.  Student Speaker Application/Nomination form  Applications are due March 1!

Commencement Program Goes Digital

The Office of University Ceremonies has made the transition to providing student graduates with a digital commencement program on a flash drive at the Convocation ceremonies.  A final printed program with graduate names will be mailed to each graduate along with their diploma following conferring of degrees.  A day-of ceremonies program will be printed and distributed for the ceremonies (this program will not include graduates names).

“As a university with a demonstrated dedication to efficiency, technology and sustainability, ASU has decided to make the fall 2012 commencement program available to graduates on a reusable external drive,” said Melissa Werner, director of University Ceremonies. “This change aligns with our growing “green” efforts as an institution and our broader efforts to employ technology in heightened service to our students.

Full Announcement:

Ride the Motor Coach to Undergraduate Commencement!

 ASU New College Graduates and their Families are invited to board a motor coach at the West campus for travel to:

ASU Undergraduate Commencement in Tempe, Sun Devil Stadium.

Reservations for the coach need to be made by May 1, 2014.  Tickets will be available for pick up in the New College VP/Dean's office, FAB N303 May 6 - 9, 2014 from 9am - 5pm.  All tickets must be picked up during this time.  Coach will leave the West campus at 5:30pm  and will return to the West campus 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony. 


West campus has chartered motor coaches to transport students and members of their family to and from Commencement in Tempe for the Undergraduate Ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30pm.  This service is free, but you must....


For questions regarding the motor coach please call 602-543-4521.


ASU New College Convocation

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Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014  6:00p.m.

The Quad, ASU’s West campus

4701 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

New College is the home to the:

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences awarding degrees in:

  • Communication
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Sociology

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies awarding degrees in:

  • American Studies
  • Applied Science
  • Documentary Studies
  • English
  • Ethnicity, Race and First Nations Studies
  • History
  • Integrative Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance
  • Peace Studies
  • Religion & Applied Ethics Studies
  • Southwest Studies
  • Spanish
  • Women and Gender Studies

School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences awarding degrees in:

  • Applied Computing
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Research
  • Life Sciences, B.S., and B.A.
  • Life Sciences, Environmental Science Concentration
  • Forensics
  • Mathematics Concentration in Secondary Education
  • Statistics B. S.

New College Convocation is held outdoors on the Fletcher Lawn, rain or shine, please dress for the weather and plan accordingly.

Convocation Website and Information

Veteran Graduates:

Honor Cords are Available.  Please register and pick-up your Veteran Honor Cord at the Veteran's counter in the Registrar's office, UCB 1st floor.

Honor Cords:

Honor Cords are available for pick-up at the Registrar's office, UCB, 1st floor. 

Parking at West campus for Convocation:

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 and Golf carts will be running from the lots for guests who require assistance.


New College Convocation

Date:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:00p.m.  The Quad lawn. ASU's West campus

Graduate Day of Activities

  • You must arrive by 5:00pm.  to check in at La Sala in the UCB.
  • Caps and gowns are worn at Commencement and Convocation and can be purchased along with your  college tassel at the ASU Bookstore.  Any academic honors cords may be worn over  
    the graduation gown. Extra honors cords and tassels will not be available at the ceremony, pick them up at the registrar’s office anytime prior to the ceremony.
  • Upon check-in, you will be given your name card with the information you provided to us during your online RSVP.  You will give this card to the Faculty Marshal who will read your name as you cross the stage.
  • After check-in, you will be instructed where to line up in the ballrooms according to your School.
  • Faculty and staff members will lead you through the Paley Gates and to the platform area on the Quad lawn for the ceremony.
  • A staff member will notify the graduates when to line up by the stage.
  • 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 Dean and others (with the right hand), and cross the stage. Return to your seat.
  • If you are in need of additional assistance, please contact Heidi Maxwell, 602-543-4521 or


  • No tickets are required for graduates or their guests.
  • Photos will be taken at the ceremony.
  • The Convocation ceremony will end at approximately 90 minutes from the beginning.
  • Please make arrangements with your graduate to meet at a designated spot following the ceremony; a complimentary cookie and refreshment reception will be held in the center courtyard.
  • Due to limited parking, carpooling is recommended. Please enter the campus from the 43rd Ave entrance or the 51st Ave entrance, Parking is available in the south parking lots. Parking attendants will help you park and golf carts will be available to transport those who indicate they need assistance. If you or your guest(s) require special accommodations, please contact 602-543-4521 or by May 5, 2014
  • Ceremony will be held outdoors (rain, shine or temperature), please dress according to the weather.
  • Starbucks, located inside the Fletcher Library will be open
  • The POD convenience store will be open at TBA inside the Verde Dining Hall.


Touch of University

a word to graduates provided by the Barrett Honors College

As you walk through the Paley Gates at Convocation, it is tradition to reach out and touch the gates, placing your hand on them as a catalyst for reflection.

Reaching out thus, you are asked to reflect on how ASU has touched you during your studies here. No doubt university work demanded much of you, touching your heart and mind in many powerful ways, in many unexpected ways, perhaps.

Regardless of your area of study, your experience at ASU made demands that you be rigorous, that you be insightful, and that you be perceptive. Indeed, as Socrates says at the end of Plato’s famous allegory of the cave, education is the “art of orientation.” ASU has equipped you with the means by which you now know how to turn your critical attention, that is, how to orient yourselves, toward what is most pressing in our world today and which calls for our being responsible for and responsive to it.

And this is as it should be. Universities are meant to touch you in these ways so that your having been here makes a promise to the larger culture concerning your participation in the life of our city, the enterprise of our state, and the hopes for our cosmopolitan future. You are now in a position to understand better that you can be in your own activities and excellence become co-creators of what is to come next.

Here at ASU you have been a part of a community of scholars and you have engaged in the conversations, studies, and activities of research that are becoming such a community. We are hopeful that your time here has left you with the three qualifications for public life that the Czech philosopher Vaclav Havel deems necessary viz., tact, good taste, and the proper instincts.

Education habituates us to these three traits. It allows us to read situations in which we find ourselves, develop the proper tests and programs fitting to our collective circumstances, and allows us to investigate with care and understanding the world around us. 

Today you leave the university and the community of scholars who have touched you and you do so that you may enter community of critical citizenship. Your responsibility, in turn, is to touch with your education everything with which you come into contact. You must leave a mark of excellence on the larger cultural matrix of which universities are but one, albeit vital, part. 

Leave a touch of your education with each person with whom you encounter in the following years. Education is not a finite quantity; sharing it does not and cannot diminish it, rather the opposite is true: each sharing with another adds to what you already have. From among the many, two examples show what you must do: Invent new and progressive ways to touch others and imagine the ways you can cultivate the relations necessary to improve yourself and all those around you. 

The Paley Gates at ASU’s West campus will continue to be here, standing as a symbol for the next generation of students. As well, the faculty will be here making certain that the community of scholars is vibrant, welcoming, and awaiting all those who will wish, as you did, to be touched by education.


Senior Meeting Dates: 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:30am-1:00pm


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:30-5:00pm

Kiva Lecture Hall

Please watch this video from one of your classmates:

Plan on attending one of the scheduled meetings for information on Convocation, Senior Gift, Alumni Experience & Career Connections

Started with the Spring Class of 2014. Now is your opportunity to leave a legacy to New College

Visit:  for information on the New College Class of 2014 Senior gift

Graduation Application Deadline is: February 15,
Grad Fair at the ASU West Bookstore is: March 17 and March 18,


University Commencement

Graduate Commencement - Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:30am
Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe 
Undergraduate Commencement - Wednesday, May, 14, 2014, 7:30pm
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe

Graduates and families traveling from the West Valley to Undergraduate Commencement in Tempe are invited to ride a chartered motor coach from ASU's West Campus to the Wells Fargo Arena.


Motor Coach Departure Time:

Undergraduate Commencement – 5:30pm -

Motor Coach Boarding, University Way on the West campus


Go to


  • West campus Registrar’s Office: 602-543-8203
  • West campus New College Ceremony Office: 602-543-4521
  • Tempe campus Ceremony Office: 480-965-3565


To purchase Regalia online go to:

or go to the Sun Devil Bookstore on campus. Grad Fair will be held on March 17 and March 18, 10am - 6pm.


  • February 15, 2014 for Spring Graduates,
  • June 15 for Summer Graduates

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You will receive the Commencement/Convocation link on your MyASU account once you Apply for Graduation.  You will receive Graduation updates through this link.  You Must Apply for Graduation

You must RSVP for the ceremonies via your MyASU link.

GRAD FAIR, Monday and Tuesday, March 17, and March 18, 10am - 6pm.

West campus Grad Fair will be held at the ASU West campus Bookstore.  This is where you will order your cap and gown, get announcements, diploma frames and ASU Class Rings!  Many packages to choose from, become a Lifetime Alumni Association member and get your graduation regalia FREE!  Discounts will be offered only at Grad Fair!  Save the Date to attend Grad Fair at the ASU Bookstore on the West campus