Your Graduation Experience

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. Watch a video playback of the New College Convocation ceremony at Comerica Theatre. 

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).

Event Date/Time Information
Undergraduate Commencement Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (graduates check-in one hour before the ceremony begins.) Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe [map]
 Graduate Commencement Monday, May 6, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (graduates check-in one hour before the ceremony begins.)  Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe [map]
 New College Convocation Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (graduates check-in one hour before the ceremony begins.)  Comerica Theatre, Downtown Phoenix [map]

Key New College Convocation Information

  • You must arrive by 6:00 p.m. to check in. Staff will be on-site to direct you where to go upon arrival.

  • 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.

  • 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 602-543-4521. 

Reception / Payley Gates Ceremony

A reception with light refreshments will be held at the ASU West campus, Delph Courtyard. Dean and Vice Provost will welcome everyone. With a ceremony walking through the Paley Gates at the ASU West campus to follow.

ASU Clear Bag Policy and Prohibited Items

Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance at convocation. You will not be allowed to enter convocation with any items not listed below, so please leave them in your car or at home.

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags (no larger than 4.5" x 6.5") with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue
  • Medically necessary items after proper inspection at gates
  • Factory sealed water bottles 51 oz. / 1.5 liters or smaller
  • Empty non-disposable plastic water bottles • Small retractable umbrellas
  • Umbrella strollers
  • Service animals
  • Seat cushions and chair backs must be 18" or less in width (No pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers)

To read more about ASU's clear bag policy and prohibited items please visit the Clear Bag Policy page.

Graduation Day Flowers

Leis and bouquets will be sold at the convocation ceremonies.  Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures.  Click HERE to access Graduation Day Flowers' pre-order page!

ASU Graduation flowers

 Graduation Regalia

Stay up to date with where you need to buy all your ASU graduation regalia (class rings, grad fair info) by visiting this site Herff-Jones.

ASU Regalia Graduation Site

Grad Fair

The Herff Jones Grad Fair at ASU's West campus:
West campus Bookstore 
4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306

Pick up your graduation regalia in less than 10 minutes!


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