Ultimate ASU commencement guide

You’ll remember your Arizona State University commencement for the rest of your life. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of it.

You did it, #ASUgrad! All your hard work has paid off, and you’re about to cross that stage, pose in your cap and gown and celebrate earning your degree.

From the best places on each campus to take your senior pics to the practical details that will make your big day run smoothly to the alumni advantages that will serve you for life, here’s a roundup of all things #ASUgrad.

How to wear your cap and gown

Don’t let wardrobe confusion get in the way of your proud day. Check these tips for how to properly wear your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral regalia.

It’s a Sun Devil tradition to decorate your grad cap! Be sure to share yours on social media using the hashtag #ASUgrad — or send it directly to us via Facebook direct message — for a chance to be featured in ASU’s grad cap photo album on Facebook.

Best places at ASU to take pictures

Now that your cap and gown are set, get ready to showcase your smile all over your social media accounts. We’ve scoped out the top 10 sites that make the best backdrops for your senior photos. Every campus has someplace stunning!

On commencement day, you’ll definitely want to pose with the Pitchfork sculpture and the 2019 sign (check out all the action around 2018’s sign)!

For that special touch to make your photos extra, look for our special #ASUgrad gifs and Snapchat geofilter.

If you’re an ASU alum, help us welcome the Class of 2019 into our alumni family by sharing *YOUR* ASU graduation pics from back in the day. Use the hashtag #ASUgrad and tag the Alumni Association on Twitter, or send your photos directly to the Alumni Facebook page via DM.

Check ASU Now starting anytime during commencement week for photos and stories from the ceremonies!

Commencement and convocation details: when, where, what NOT to bring

Commencement for undergraduate students will be 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16 in Desert Financial Arena (formerly Wells Fargo Arena) on ASU’s Tempe campus. Graduate commencement will follow at 1:30 p.m.

Our #ASUgrad students will be recognized by name during college, special interest and cultural convocations, so don’t miss them! Download the Sun Devil Rewards app if you haven’t already, and check in at the ceremonies to start earning pitchforks to trade for exclusive Sun Devil experiences and swag.

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Find out all the details on commencement and convocation ceremonies, including where to park, accessibility information and what NOT to bring, in our guide. Please note that the clear-bag policy will be in effect: You don’t want your guests to get turned away!

Be sure to tell everyone that they can watch the ceremonies via livestream or follow live updates on Twitter at @asugraduation if they can’t be here in person.

What’s the meaning behind all that pomp, anyway?

“In this very modern ceremony, we have these ancient traditions,” said Melissa Werner, director of university ceremonies and protocol officer. “A lot of the iconography has to do with the Middle Ages period. … As the person who puts on commencement, it’s important I know that history.”

As you sit in the audience at the Dec. 16 commencement ceremonies wondering about the meaning behind graduation’s gowns, medals and banners — and that impressive ceremonial mace — here’s a quick guide.

Must-see campus sites for visitors

Our campuses are beautiful, and you’ll want to show your guests all your favorite spots. We’ve made a list of all the must-see spots on ASU’s Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, West and Polytechnic campuses to help you out.

You can even download a map that includes interesting details you can use to impress. Did you know that the A. J. Matthews Center, now home to the Disability Resource Center and the State Press, was originally the first library on Tempe campus and named for ASU’s first president?

Things to do around metro Phoenix during commencement week

Make your guests’ visit to ASU an adventure by exploring the many great activities available in Tempe and the metro Phoenix area. The Valley offers something for everybody: museums, concerts, art galleries, cultural festivals, sports and more.

Here’s what’s going on around Tempe during this special time.

Welcome to the Alumni family!

Once you’ve turned your tassel, you’re an official ASU alum! Welcome to our vibrant, thriving network of nearly 500,000 Sun Devils worldwide — leaders, doers, shapers, learners. Whether you’re interested in sports, social outings, travel, networking or community service, you’ll find your Sun Devil connection at ASU Alumni.

Be sure to update your contact information after you move, #ASUgrad! You don’t want to miss out on ASU Alumni career resources or continuing education opportunities. With chapters all over the world, your Sun Devil family is never far away.

Congratulations, #ASUgrad! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish next.

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