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
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 or Instagram direct message — for a chance to be featured in ASU’s grad cap photo album on Facebook and on ASU’s graduation website.
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 photos. Every campus has someplace stunning!
New for 2022: an #ASUgrad sign where you’ll be able to take your pictures, either before or after the ceremonies.
For that special touch to make your photos extra, look for our special #ASUgrad gifs and Snapchat geofilter.
Check ASU News starting anytime during commencement week for photos and stories from the ceremonies!
Commencement and convocation details: when, where, what NOT to bring
Check ASU’s graduation website to find out all the details on commencement and convocation ceremonies, including where to park, accessibility information and what NOT to bring. Please note that the clear-bag policy will be in effect: You don’t want your guests to get turned away!
Still have questions about the ceremony?
You now can have access to ASU Tassel, a chatbot that uses a knowledge base to answer your questions about ASU commencement.
Use this QR code to access and chat with Tassel.
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 during the 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. You can even download an app to guide you during your visit. For example, did you know that the A. J. Matthews Center was originally the first library on Tempe campus and named for ASU’s first president?
Welcome to the Alumni family!
Once you’ve turned your tassel, you’re an official ASU alum! Welcome to our vibrant, thriving global network of Sun Devils — 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 through Innovation You and ASU CareerCatalyst. 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.