Graduation - Convocation

Commencement vs Convocation

What is the difference between commencement and convocation?

Commencement ceremonies are the official graduation events for the university open to all graduating students regardless of what school they are graduating from. During the University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU undergraduate students (bachelor’s candidates) by schools. All New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science students are recognized together and do not walk onto stage. 

During the University’s graduate commencement, President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU graduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates). Doctoral students are hooded on the floor before walking onto stage. 

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science Convocation is a celebration of our graduating students. You will be individually recognized for your academic achievement, and your name will be read as you walk across the stage to shake hands with the Dean and your program chair. You will be able to sit with friends in your program — so long as you show up on time! 

Doctoral students will be hooded during the convocation ceremony, but master’s students will not be hooded. 

We are so happy you’re graduating! Make sure to mark your calendars for Commencement and New College Convocation, we can’t wait to see you online.

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