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Please note that there is a clear bag policy for Desert Financial Arena and Sun Devil Stadium and it applies to everyone. Learn more about our clear bag policy.

5 Day-Of Tips

Enjoy CISA Convocation stress-free!

1.  Plan to arrive for check-in at Desert Financial Arena by 8 a.m., one hour before the 9 a.m. ceremony.

2.  Bring your ASU ID and a clear bag rather than purse or backpack. (Remember to advise your guests of the clear bag policy as well.) Your ID is required to enter the arena floor. If you don't have one, bring your driver’s license or other state or federally issued ID.

3.  All graduates check in on the plaza area near the west tunnel of Desert Financial Arena . 

4.  You'll pick up your name card and then proceed into the tunnel. (Your guests enter from the top level of the arena.)

5.  Share selfies and family group shots using #BeIntegrative

ASU Commencements

Graduate Commencement
Monday, May 11, 2020
9:00 a.m.
Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, AZ

Undergraduate Commencement
Monday, May 11, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

For details on ASU Commencements, please visit

CISA Convocation

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Convocation
Friday, May 15, 2020
9:00 a.m.
Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, AZ

Convocation is an exclusive ceremony that individually recognizes graduates from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Tickets are not required for this event — just an RSVP from you as a graduate, so that you may be appropriately recognized and seated (more on that below).
Feel free to invite as many family members and friends as you wish to cheer your accomplishments.

Below you will find important information regarding your convocation ceremony. We look forward to making this ceremony a memorable event for you and your family.


A maroon cap and gown, and tassel (plus hood if applicable) are required to participate and can be purchased from any ASU Bookstore. See below for special Grad Fair dates.


The very first step: Apply for Graduation from ASU

Apply for graduation eligibility in the ASU Graduation Office (SSV 140) or apply online by February 15, 2020 in order to avoid paying a late fee and to have your name printed in the electronic copy of the ASU Commencement and Convocation program (read more about the Program below). Students must apply to graduate from ASU and have their degree requirements reviewed with the Graduation Office in addition to submitting an RSVP for participating in ceremonies through My ASU.


RSVP for CISA Convocation

Graduates, if you would like to participate in CISA Convocation, RSVP through My ASU by April 29. (The RSVP link will be available to you under the graduation tab in My ASU after March 2. The link appears after applications to graduate are approved.) Graduates who RSVP will be permitted to participate in the convocation ceremony on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Graduation Regalia

Stay up to date with where you can buy your ASU graduation regalia and any memorabilia (class ring, diploma frame, etc.) by visiting the Herff-Jones website. You can make your purchase online or visit any ASU bookstore during the Grad Fair dates below to get discounted packages and free giveaways! Gowns and mortar board hats and tassels are required attire to participate with your fellow graduates at the ASU Commencement ceremonies and CISA Convocation.
Polytechnic campus
Tues., March 17,  9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
West campus
Wed., March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Phoenix campus
Thurs., March 19 - Fri., March 20, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tempe campusTues., March 24 - Thurs., March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
**ASU Online

EARLY BIRD FAIR: Fri., Feb. 7, 7:00 a.m. (MST) - Sun., Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m. (MST)
SECOND FAIR: Fri., March 27, 7:00 a.m. (MST) – Sun., March 29, 7:00 p.m. (MST)

If you are a student graduating with honors, you can pick up your honor cords from the Registrar’s office.
**Eligible full-time ASU Online students will receive an email about how to access the Online Grad Fair.
If you are unable to attend any of the Grad Fairs, you can purchase your regalia online through ASU's official regalia vendor, Herff Jones, before April 12. After this date, graduation regalia can only be purchased at the Sun Devil campus bookstores. (Note: Orders will be delivered to home addresses, not the ASU bookstore.)

See How to Dress for Graduation for videos on properly wearing your cap and gown and more information about the Grad Fairs.

Recognition On-stage

Once you have RSVP’d for CISA Convocation through MyASU, the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts will receive confirmation of your participation in the ceremony along with your degree information. When you arrive at Desert Financial Arena on the day of the ceremony, you will check in at the southwest plaza and receive a personalized card. At the appropriate time during the ceremony, you will be asked to stand and proceed to the stage. As you approach the stage, you will hand your card to the announcer. When your name is called, you will walk across the stage and shake hands with the Dean and head of the faculty in which your degree is based.

Recognition in the Program

The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Convocation program appears within the ASU Commencement program and copies will be handed out at the ceremony. Names of students who applied for graduation by the application deadline (Feb. 15) will appear in the electronic version of the ASU Commencement and Convocation program. [You may download copies of the final Spring 2020 ASU Commencement booklet with names listed]

If you want to participate in a College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Convocation held in the semester before you graduate and are approved to do so, your name will appear in the ASU Commencement and Convocation program in the semester you actually graduate. August graduates’ names will appear in the December program.

Graduation Day Flowers

Leis and bouquets will be sold at the convocation ceremony. However, pre-orders for pick-up before the ceremony are encouraged so that grads can wear their leis on stage and in pictures. [Access the Graduation Day Flowers' pre-order page]


Grad Images will take professional photographs of all graduates. Graduates will receive proofs and a price list within a few days after the ceremony. Graduates may pre-register their email address with Grad Images.


For University Commencement on Monday, May 11, free parking is available in Packard Garage and Lots 58 and 59.

For Convocation on Friday, May 15, free parking is available in Packard Garage and Lots 58 and 59. 

Lot 58 on the east side of the arena has spaces for individuals with disabilities. Reservations are not necessary.

Visit the ASU interactive map for location details.

Disabled Seating and Special Assistance

Desert Financial Arena’s disabled seating is located on the interior concourse level of the arena. 

We recommend that disabled guests arrive promptly at least one hour before the ceremony to reserve one of these spaces in the arena. Spaces can't be reserved in advance, but the arena staff will be glad to assist you when you arrive to best accommodate your needs. Wheelchair checkout will be available at the north entrance—a photo ID is required.


Diplomas are mailed to your home address on file with the university approximately 10 weeks after graduation.

Watch Online

Your family and friends can watch the ceremonies live online via ASU Now  or Ustream.

 Achived videos of Commencement and CISA Convocation are also available within a few days after the ceremonies.