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Join in celebrating CISA Virtual Convocation beginning May 3, 2021! 

In an effort to keep graduates and families safe during a time when many people have not yet been able to receive a vaccination for the COVID-19 virus, the conferral of degrees and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts convocation ceremony will take place virtually. The college will also be offering other special graduation events—be sure to keep an eye out for email updates. Planning is underway.

Please review the information below. Additional information about ASU Commencement can also be found at

Graduating students, continue to monitor your ASU email for important updates.

ASU Virtual Commencement and College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Virtual Convocation
Monday, May 3, 2021
Launches 9:00 a.m. (Arizona time)
The ceremonies will premiere on May 3 and can be viewed at any time after that.

CISA Graduation Events FAQs

What in-person events will be offered?

In addition to special virtual events, there will be an in-person event on each ASU campus. Each of these events are limited to 50 people and graduates-only. To maintain a safe environment for everyone, we're sorry that additional guests such as family and friends can't be accommodated. Event offerings are below. Graduating students, please continue to check your ASU email for details about specific location and how to RSVP for these options.

Graduating Student Reception and Photos with the Dean - Polytechnic campus
Monday, May 3, 2021
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Graduating Student Reception and Photos with the Dean - Downtown Phoenix campus
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Graduating Student Reception and Photos with the Dean - Tempe campus
Thursday, May 6, 2021
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Will there be virtual events, aside from the ceremony?

Yes. The following events will be offered virtually. Graduating students, please continue to check your ASU email for details about how to RSVP for these options.

CISA Online and Remote Student Graduation Reception
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
2:00-3:00 p.m.

CISA Immersion Student Graduation Reception
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
2:00-3:00 p.m.

What will the virtual ceremony include?

The ceremony will air on YouTube and begin with remarks from ASU President Michael Crow and conferral of degrees, followed by Dean Duane Roen. Various faculty and staff members will share congratulatory messages. Some award winners will be honored and we will hear from our guest speaker. All graduates will have their name read and students have the option to add personalized content to their individual recognition slide through the virtual graduation registration. Graduating students should have received an email with mention of the registration portal on Monday, March 29.

Do I need to register to participate?

Yes. Graduates, you will find the link to submit a registration for ceremony events on your My ASU page.To personalize your ceremony profile, you will need to complete the virtual graduation registration. (See previous question.)

What if I’ve already RSVP’d for the Spring 2021 ceremonies?

If you would like to add a photo and personalized message to your ceremony profile, you will need to RSVP via the virtual graduation registration link. (See previous question.) Changes can be made until the April 21 deadline. Even if you don't add any personalized content, you will still have a profile as part of our virtual ceremony and your name will be read.

How do I share the CISA Convocation with family and friends?

The May 3 convocation ceremony will be available to view online. We encourage you to share the link with your family and friends, and invite them to celebrate your accomplishments. The video content will also be viewable after this date.

Will I still be able to attend an in-person ceremony?

Yes. Once in-person ceremonies are permitted, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates will have the opportunity to attend future ceremonies. You can participate in both the virtual and future in-person ceremonies.

If I don’t want to participate in any of the ceremonies, do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes. Please note that applying to graduate and submitting an RSVP for the ceremonies are quite separate activities. During the terrm in which you plan on completing your academic requirements, you must apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee, whether or not you intend to participate in a ceremony (applying to graduate is an academic review/certification process, to ensure all your degree requirements have been met). For information on how to apply, visit Applying for Graduation.

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, they will receive their diplomas in the mail as in prior years. (Please see the below section for more information on how to request your diploma).

Can I still purchase a cap and gown?

Yes. All four ASU Campus Bookstores have regalia available for purchase. You can also purchase regalia by visiting the Herff Jones website.

If you would like to take photos in your regalia, here is a great list of places on campus that provide stunning backdrops for graduation photos. You can also now take selfies with the large ASU-branded 2021 sign on the lawn of Old MainSee ASU Dressing for Graduation for helpful tips!

How do I get my honor cords?

If you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for academic honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude), the university will mail them to your diploma address beginning in late March 2021.

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. For more information, visit the Graduation Office website.

Can I request a diploma cover?

Yes. Diploma covers are traditionally handed out during the CISA convocation ceremony. If you plan to attend a future in-person ceremony, you will receive your diploma cover then. If you decide to participate only in the May 3 virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out this diploma cover request form and a cover will be mailed to you.


If you have questions not answered above or on the ASU Graduation FAQ page, please reach out to CISA Events Coordinator



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