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 2021 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 on Monday, May 3, 2021. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page

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New College Convocation Spring 2021

Updated: December 18, 2020

New College Convocation for undergraduate and graduates will occur the week of May 3, 2021.  Decisions on if the ceremony will be live have not been released. 


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Will in-person ceremonies be offered?

Yes. In addition to the virtual ceremonies, May and December 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend the Spring or Fall 2021 ceremonies. 

Does participating in virtual ceremonies mean I cannot attend in person ceremonies later?
You are welcome to do both.  Virtual ceremonies are a way to allow graduates to celebrate their achievements on schedule, until public health officials report that it is safe to gather in person. ASU also invites you to participate in person in either May or December 2021 events.

If I don’t want to participate in any of the ceremonies, do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes. You must apply to graduate regardless of ceremony participation. For information on how to apply for graduation, visit https://students.asu.edu/registration/graduation-apply.

Do I need to participate in a ceremony to graduate?
No. If students choose not to take part in any ceremony and their university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail.

How will I receive my diploma?
If your university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ASU email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address, which can be viewed and updated from My ASU. For more information, visit https://students.asu.edu/diploma.

I am not participating in commencement or any convocation ceremonies. How do I request my diploma case?
Graduates who do not plan to return for future graduation celebrations may request to have a diploma case mailed directly to them. You can request your diploma case by emailing