Convocation

Barrett Honors College will premiere our virtual convocation on Monday, May 3rd, 2021!

The virtual ceremony will be available for viewing starting Monday, May 3rd at 9:00am MST and will then be stored permanently on ASU’s YouTube Premiere channel for future viewing at any time.

A link to this ceremony will be shared at a later date.

In-person celebrations for graduates will occur at all four Barrett campuses, hosted by academic deans. These events are limited to graduates only. 

Barrett, The Honors College – Senior Celebrations

  • Barrett West: Friday, April 30th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Paley Gates & Fletcher Lawn. For more information please contact Liz.Marini@asu.edu
  • Barrett Downtown: Sunday, May 2nd, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., ASU Mercado. For more information please contact kira.gatewood@asu.edu
  • Barrett Polytechnic: Monday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Cooley Ballrooms. For more information please contact joshua.albin@asu.edu
  • Barrett Tempe: Monday, May 3rd, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Barrett Residential Complex at Tempe. For more information please contact barrettevents@asu.edu

Spring 2021 Convocation FAQ’S

Will there be commencement ceremonies?
Yes. On May 3, the university will host a virtual ceremony for the class of 2021 to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony will be aired on YouTube. The link for Commencement will be posted about a week before ceremonies premier. All ceremonies will premiere on the same day but can be viewed at any time after they premier. 

Will there be convocation (college/school) ceremonies?
Yes. Colleges and schools will host virtual convocation ceremonies on May 3 for their graduates. All ceremonies will air on YouTube. The links for convocation and special interest ceremonies will be posted about a week before ceremonies premier. All ceremonies will premiere on the same day but can be viewed at any time after they premier. 

In-person celebrations for graduates only, will occur at the individual college level, hosted by academic deans. Barrett will be sending out their in-person celebration details in the coming weeks.

Will there be Special Interest Ceremonies this May? 
Yes - Special Interest events will be celebrated virtually this May. When you register to participate in other virtual events, you will have the opportunity to select the special interest ceremony in which you would like to participate. The links for  convocation and special interest ceremonies will be posted about a week before ceremonies premier. All ceremonies will premier on May 3 but can be viewed at any time after they premier. 

Where will my name, photo and personal statement be listed?
The link to complete your ceremony registration will be found on your My ASU Page. The registration will provide the opportunity to upload a photo and personal statement. For an overview on how to participate in Virtual Ceremonies, please click HERE.

Does participating in virtual ceremonies mean I cannot attend in person ceremonies later?
You are welcome to do both.  Virtual ceremonies are a way to allow graduates to celebrate their achievements on schedule, until public health officials report that it is safe to gather in person. Graduates will be welcomed to return to participate in ceremonies at a later date. 

If I don’t want to participate in any of the ceremonies, do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes. You must apply to graduate regardless of ceremony participation. For information on how to apply for graduation, visit https://students.asu.edu/registration/graduation-apply.

Do I need to register to participate in commencement?
Commencement activities will be part of each virtual college celebration, Graduates will find the link to submit a registration for college or school convocation events on your My ASU page. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration. The deadline to submit a photo and personal message is Wednesday, April 21, 2021. For an overview on how to participate in Virtual Ceremonies, please click HERE.

Do I need to register to participate in convocation (school/college ceremonies)?
Graduates will find the link to submit a registration for virtual college or school convocation event on your My ASU page. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration. The deadline to submit a photo and personal message is Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 

In-person celebrations for graduates will occur at the individual college level, hosted by academic deans. Events associated with each college will include the hooding of doctoral candidates and many smaller innovative events. Information about these activities will be available through each college. 

Are we allowed to visit campus to take graduation photographs?
The safety of our community is extremely important right now as COVID-19 continues to spread across the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. To help reduce the number of people becoming infected with COVID-19, ASU encourages everyone to follow current state guidance to practice physical distancing as much as possible. 

GradImages will be taking complimentary photos at each of ASU's campuses. For more information about photo dates, locations and links to register, please visit  https://graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/memories 

Please visit https://graduation.asu.edu/get-social to view and download a number of images and backgrounds to help you celebrate your acheivement.   By using this alternate visual imagery, students can create mementos to commemorate this special occasion.

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, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail.

How will I receive my diploma?
If your university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ASU email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address, which can be viewed and updated from My ASU. For more information, visit https://students.asu.edu/diploma.

I am not participating in any graduation activities. How do I request my diploma case?
Graduates who do not plan to return for future graduation celebrations may request to have a diploma case mailed directly to them. You can request your diploma case by emailing barrettevents@asu.edu with your full name, student ID, and preferred mailing address. 

Can I still purchase a cap and gown? 

The Online Grad Fair will reopen to run from Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. EST to Tuesday, April 6 at 10 p.m. EST.

Keep an eye on your inbox on  Friday, March 12 for the unique URL you will need to be able to access your discounted graduation packages.

You can purchase your graduation package online before April 6. Please note, after the Online Grad Fair, graduation packages will be full price.

Graduation announcements.
If graduates have questions or concerns on their announcements, please email help@southwestgrad.com and the Herff Jones representatives will respond directly.

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.  We will send you an email before we mail them to you.  For more information about honors cords please visit https://students.asu.edu/graduation-ceremonies

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. For more information, visit https://students.asu.edu/graduation-ceremonies.

Why do we need to pay a graduation fee?
It's common for universities to have a fee associated with graduation. The graduation fee pays for items such as the diploma, diploma case and honor cords. The fee is paid at the time you apply for graduation.