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Join in celebrating CISA Virtual Convocation beginning December 14! 

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the resulting public health recommendations, Arizona State University will be celebrating its summer and fall 2020 graduates virtually. The format may be different, but our excitement to recognize students’ accomplishments remains strong and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduates on December 14. Planning is underway. For more details, please review the information below.

Students should continue to monitor their ASU email for important updates.

ASU Virtual Commencement
Monday, December 14, 2020
Launches 9:00 a.m. (Arizona time)
For details on ASU Virtual Commencement, please visit

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Virtual Convocation
Monday, December 14, 2020
Launches 9:00 a.m. (Arizona time)

The link will be posted about a week before the ceremony premiers.

CISA Virtual Ceremony FAQs

What will the virtual ceremony include?

The ceremony will air on YouTube and begin with remarks from ASU President Michael Crow followed by Dean Duane Roen. Various faculty and staff members will share some highlights in a compilation video (student have been invited to contribute to this as well). 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, October 12.

Do I need to register to participate?

Yes. Graduates, you will find the link to submit a registration for both university commencement  and the college convocation on your MyASU 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 Fall 2020 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.) If you do not add 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 Deceember 14 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 December 14.

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

Yes. Once in-person ceremonies are permitted, Spring and Fall 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend any 2021 or future ceremonies. You can participate in both the virtual and 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. If you plan on completing your academic requirements this fall, you must apply and pay the fee, whether or not you intend to participate in a ceremony. 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. If you purchase regalia by Oct. 23, your order will be shipped in time for on-campus photo sessions. More information is available hereTo purchase regalia, visit the Herff Jones website.

The Fall 2020 Grad Fair will take place online from Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. EST to Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. EST. Order by November 16 to receive your regalia in time for ceremonies. See ASU Dressing for Graduation for details

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 October 2020.

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Request your honor cords by submitting an Honor Cords Request Form and the university will mail them to you. The cord you are given is determined by your GPA at the time of your request. 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 December 14 virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out this diploma cover request form and a cover will be mailed to you.