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ASU hosts a number of graduation ceremonies each fall and spring semester. See University Ceremonies for details.

Commencement Book

University Commencement books are published after fall and spring semesters. Names for summer graduates will appear in the fall commencement book.

Academic Recognition & Honor Cords

An undergraduate student must have completed at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU to qualify for graduation with academic recognition for a baccalaureate degree. The cumulative GPA determines the designation, as shown in the table below.  

Students eligible for academic recognition are given honor cords to be worn at graduation ceremonies.   Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. Your diploma and transcripts will reflect the appropriate recognition based on all coursework completed at ASU, including courses in your final semester.   

If you are an undergraduate student at the Tempe, Downtown, West, Polytechnic, or any other physical location and graduating in Summer 2020, you can request honor cords here beginning Monday, July 13, 2020.  

ASU Online Students: After you apply to graduate you will receive an email with additional information about honor cords and ceremonies.  You do not need to request honor cords. Additional information for Online Students.

Cumulative GPA Designation
3.40-3.59 cum laude
3.60-3.79 magna cum laude
3.80-4.00 summa cum laude

The cumulative GPA for these designations is based on ASU resident course work only. All designations of graduation with academic recognition are indicated on the diploma and the ASU transcript. Graduation with academic recognition applies only to undergraduate degrees.

A student who has a baccalaureate degree from ASU and is pursuing a second baccalaureate degree at ASU (with a minimum of 30 hours of resident credit) is granted academic recognition on the second degree based on credit hours earned subsequent to the posting of the first degree.

  • If fewer than 56 credit hours are completed at ASU subsequent to completion of the first ASU degree, the level of academic recognition can be no higher than obtained on the first degree.
  • If 56 or more credit hours are completed at ASU after completion of the first ASU degree, the level of academic recognition is based on the GPA earned for the second ASU degree.

Inquiries about graduation with academic recognition may be directed to

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