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Graduation Next Steps

Getting ready to graduate

Congratulations, graduate, below is a list of steps to help you with the process of preparing to graduate and answer any questions you might have.

If you have questions related to University Commencement of participating in graduation ceremonies, please contact Univesity Ceremonies at

If you have questions about receiving your diploma, please contact the graduation office at

Confirm that you are ready to graduate

Undergraduate Students
Review your degree audit (DARS) to ensure that you will be meeting degree requirements by your conferral date.  You may request a degree audit via MyASU.  Any issues or concerns should be directed to your academic advisor or department (the graduation office cannot make changes to your audit).

Graduate Students
Review your iPOS via My ASU and contact your committee chair or department if you have questions about your eligibility to graduate.

Verify your name 

Your name will appear on your diploma and in the commencement book as it is recorded in ASU’s Student System. Any name changes must be made through the Outgoing Transcripts Section of University Registrar Services. This includes lower/upper case corrections. Special characters may be noted on the Diploma Name form.

Check your address

Diplomas are mailed to the address on file with the university. If this address is incorrect, your diploma may not find you. It is your responsibility to keep your address updated. The posting of degrees begins shortly after the conferral date and generally diplomas arrive 4-6 weeks after the conferral date.  

Get your graduation regalia

You will receive your diploma case at your college convocation, but here is what you need to get:

  • Academic Regalia (Cap and Gown). Visit the Sun Devil Campus Stores for information about purchasing regalia for commencement activities. 
  • Undergraduate Honor Cords. Undergraduate students who have completed at 56 semester hours of resident credit at ASU qualify for graduation with academic recognition based on the GPA requirements below:
    • Cum Laude (3.40 - 3.59 GPA)
    • Magna Cum Laude (3.60 - 3.79 GPA)
    • Summa Cum Laude (3.80 - 4.00 GPA)

Cords are for ceremonial purposes only and are awarded based on your current GPA at the time of your request. Honors designated on your diploma will reflect your final cumulative ASU GPA. Pick up honor cords at any University Registrar Services location.

ASU Online Students will receive an email with additional information about honor cords and ceremonies.  

Celebrate your achievement

Visit for a complete schedule of commencement activities and further information about various college and cultural convocations.

Graduation FAQs

What is a conferral date?
This the date recorded on your transcript of when your degree was officially posted. Dates are published in the University's

What is the difference between “walking” and graduating? 
Graduating refers to completing all degree requirements. Your degree is conferred and will display on all academic records, including your ASU transcript. Walking means you are participating in a graduation ceremony, but have not yet completed all graduation requirements.  These ceremonies are an opportunity for families, friends, and the ASU community to celebrate your academic accomplishments. Participation in commencement does not mean that a student has graduated and students do not receive diplomas at commencement or convocation (you will instead receive an empty diploma cover). Generally, students will participate in the ceremonies that correspond with the semester in which they are graduating, but summer graduates may elect to walk in spring or fall as there are no ceremonies in summer. Students that only wish to "walk" should contact the convocation coordinator in their college to get additional information.


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