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Join in celebrating CISA Virtual Convocation beginning May 12! 

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the resulting public health recommendations, Arizona State University will be celebrating its spring and summer 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 the week of May 11. 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, May 11, 2020
Launches 9:00 a.m. (Arizona time)
For details on ASU Virtual Commencement, please visit

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Virtual Convocation
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Launches 9:00 a.m. (Arizona time)

CISA Virtual Ceremony FAQs

When will the CISA Convocation Ceremony take place?

CISA will host a virtual convocation ceremony on May 12 at 9:00 a.m. for our graduates and announce our Outstanding Graduates for Spring 2020. All ceremonies will be premiered on YouTube.

What will the virtual ceremony include?

The ceremony will begin with remarks from ASU President Michael Crow followed by Dean Duane Roen. Faculty heads will then address graduates. 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. Students should have received an email with the registration link on Monday, April 6.

Do I need to register to participate?

Yes. All graduating students will submit a single registration for both University Commencement and their college or school convocation. 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 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 May 12 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 available to view after May 12.

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

Yes. Spring 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend the December 2020 or the Spring 2021 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 spring, 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 May 1, your order will be shipped in time for the virtual ceremony on May 12. To purchase regalia, visit the Herff Jones website.

If you ordered regalia during the March 23-27 online Grad Fair through the Herff Jones website or ASU bookstore, your order will be shipped in time for the virtual ceremony.

If you plan to attend the December 2020 or Spring 2021 ceremony, you will be notified of the Grad Fair dates.

Can I get a refund if I no longer want my cap and gown?

Yes, if unopened. Please visit the Herff Jones Collegiate Regalia Returns & Refunds website for information.

How do I get my honor cords?

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 either the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 ceremonies, you will receive your diploma cover then. If you decide to participate only in the May 12 virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out this diploma cover request form and a cover will be mailed to you.


More Information

Commencement FAQ page

Update from President Crow