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School for the Future of Innovation in Society Convocation

Congratulations on the completion of your degree program at Arizona State University!  Graduates: As a student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, there are steps you need to take before you graduate. You must have completed all of your coursework requirements and work with your advisor in order to graduate. 


SFIS Convocation

Date: 日本一本道a不卡免费Tuesday,  Dec.17, 2019

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: 日本一本道a不卡免费Lyceum Theater

                  901 S. Forest Ave Tempe, AZ 

Guest Speaker: Rachel Yanof

日本一本道a不卡免费Rachel Yanof


Rachel joined Achieve60AZ in 2018 as the first Executive Director for the organization. She started off her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, and later founded and led Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a high-performing charter school in South Phoenix. Throughout the past several years, Rachel has been recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, a Spirit of South Mountain Educational Award recipient, an Athena Young Professional, and a Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award winner. She earned her Masters in Education from Arizona State University and her Bachelors at Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute, Class 38, and a 2018 Flinn-Brown Fellow. 


Important steps and deadlines

1) Understand the difference between Commencement and Convocation ceremonies       

日本一本道a不卡免费Simply put, "Commencement" is the "big" ceremony and "Convocation" is the "little" one.  Commencement is university-wide and Convocation is only for SFIS.  There is a Commencement for undergraduate students and a commencement for graduate students.  There is one Convocation for SFIS.  A more detailed explaination is below. 

2) Apply to graduate - October 4, 2019

Apply for graduation online or in-person. The application deadline for spring graduates is October 4, 2019. Note: If application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.  Students must file for graduation by the deadline in order to avoid paying a late fee and have their names printed in the Commencement and Convocation program.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students, $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)
  • Late fee, if applicable, $35

To apply for graduation online, log on to your MyASU account and click the “Apply for Graduation” link on the graduation tab under "My Programs and Degree and Progress" (graduate) or "My Programs and eAdvisor" (undergarduate). Please note that a credit card is required (see fees above). Follow the instructions on the screen.

日本一本道a不卡免费To apply in-person, pay the graduation fee at the University Cashier’s Office, located in the Student Services Building (SSV) on the second floor. Please note their hours are 8:15 am – 4:30 pm. Complete the graduation questionnaire given to you by the Cashier’s Office. Present your graduation fee receipt and completed questionnaire to the Graduation Section of the Registrar’s Office.

日本一本道a不卡免费The graduation office will check your DARS (undergraduate) report or graduate program of study to make sure that you have completed the requirements for your degree.

3)  This is separate from your MyASU application for graduation which is a rsvp to Commencement.  

DEADLINE:  November 27, 2019
Graduates should respond for themselves along with their guests on the form in the RSVP link.  

4) RSVP for ASU Commencement- Go to the RSVP Ceremonies link available on your MyASU page.

Graduate students are eligible to RSVP for ASU Graduate (alignment)  commencement.   Undergraduate students are eligible to RSVP for ASU undergraduate commencement.

Additionally, ASU offers several special interest graduation events that you may attend. See the schedule here.  

IMPORTANT: If you're entering Sun Devil Stadium, Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena), or Gammage Auditorium, please be aware that they are enforcing the clear bag policy.  No large purses, bags, or backpacks will be allowed into the building by anyone.  All items that would be carried in a bag must be in a clear bag.  Click  for more information on the policy.  

5) online (cap, gown, and hood) or order at Grad Fair.  Grad Fair offers discounts on packaged graduation regalia options and people you can ask questions of.  In-person Grad Fair dates are below at each campus.


All times are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tempe campus – Tuesday, Oct. 22, 日本一本道a不卡免费Tempe Campus Bookstore, 525 E. Orange Street 

Downtown campus – Tuesday, Oct 24, Downtown Campus Bookstore, 111E. Taylor St #160

Polytechnic campus – Tuesday, Oct. 29, 日本一本道a不卡免费5999 S. Backus Mall

West campus – Wednesday, Oct 30 4701 W. Thunderbird Road

ASU Online Campus
*Eligible full-time online students only
*Eligible full-time online students will receive an email regarding how to access the Online Grad Fair.

6) Graduate! 

7) Optional - Leis and bouquets will be sold at the convocation ceremonies.  Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures.  ! Graduation Day Flowers are the official flower vendor for ASU.  

Please read the detailed information below. 

Graduation Ceremonies

All SFIS Graduates are invited to attend both University Commencement and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Convocation. Information about these two ceremonies can be found on the University Graduation Ceremonies website.

If you plan on attending University commencement, please RSVP through your MyASU account after you have applied for graduation. The RSVP system will record each graduate’s information, which will be used at your respective Commencement.  If you plan on attending SFIS Convocation please rsvp using the link above (step 3). 



Graduation information

Graduation information


What is the difference between Convocation, Commencement, and Graduation?

Commencemen- Graduates from all of ASU's campuses are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony. University commencement is the university-wide celebration at which degrees are conferred upon graduating students by the president of Arizona State University. At University Undergraduate Commencement graduates are recognized by college and stand as a group to be presented prior to degree conferral. At University Graduate Commencement graduates will have their names called and be individually recognized before crossing the stage. 

Convocation - College and cultural convocations are a time for smaller groups to gather and celebrate students’ graduation. The smaller setting provides the opportunity for individual recognition. Convocation events are where your name is called and you will cross the stage to receive congratulations. 

Graduates do not receive diplomas at University Commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the university registrar's office.

Graduation is when you complete all your coursework/finish your program of study. To be sure your graduation from ASU is official, you must contact the University Graduation office, as well as speak to your academic advisor. To complete the graduation process, a fee is charged – it is paid online and all forms are submitted online as well, but not until all your coursework is complete. More about graduation and instructions for applying for graduation.

Please note that graduates must both APPLY for graduation and RSVP for the ceremonies in order to attend. Attending the ceremonies is optional. See schedule of ceremonies日本一本道a不卡免费 for a complete list.


Convocation for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society

December 17, 2019 

4 p.m. 

Students should arrive at 3 p.m.日本一本道a不卡免费 for prep & donning regalia, instructions, as well as a class photo. 

Ceremony: begins promptly at 4 p.m.

Reception: 5 - 6 p.m.

Location: Lyceum Theater, 901 S. Forest Mall,Tempe, AZ 

Tickets are not required but we ask that you rsvp (Link coming soon) to the ceremony.


Undergraduate Commencement

Monday, December 16, 2019

9 a.m.

Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena), 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 85281 

日本一本道a不卡免费Tickets are not required. 

日本一本道a不卡免费 will be in effect.  Be aware of what you are carrying before entering the arena.  This policy applies to everyone that enters the arena.


Graduate Commencement

日本一本道a不卡免费University Commencement for Graduate Students 

December 16, 2019, time 1:30 p.m. 

Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena),  600 E Veterans Way Tempe, AZ 85281

日本一本道a不卡免费 will be in effect.  Be aware of what you are carrying before entering the arena.  This policy applies to everyone that enters the arena.





NOTE: The correct hood color for SFIS Master's students is FLAME.  Please make sure you receive the correct color (see image below). On the Herff Jones website, it is called "COPPER" and will be listed under "Innovation in Society" for degrees.  The difference in the name is because it comes from the manufacturer as "copper.”  

SFIS hood

An official ASU cap and gown must be worn during the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. Tassels are worn on the right until degrees are conferred at Commencement. Masters and PhD graduates should wear ceremonial hoods to Convocation. For ordering and pricing information, visit the  website.  Student online order deadline is November 17, 2019.

All college convocations, all special interest convocation events, and both University Commencement events (graduate and undergraduate) require an RSVP for participation. For information about special interest convocation activities, please contact日本一本道a不卡免费 the University Ceremonies Office.

For more information about regalia please click here.

To see a video that explains the different regalia click  


Three Easy Ways to Order


Graduation products will be delivered to your home address. The deadline to order online is November 17 for students日本一本道a不卡免费. The deadline is only for your cap and gown.

2. Order at Grad Fair!

Place your order at the Sun Devil Campus Store and take your cap and gown and frame home that day! Graduation Packages are discounted during Grad Fair only!  Grad Fair Guide

Online students - you will be contacted via email to place your order

日本一本道a不卡免费All times are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tempe campus – Tuesday, Oct. 22, Tempe Campus Bookstore, 525 E. Orange Street 

Downtown campus – Tuesday, Oct 24, 日本一本道a不卡免费Downtown Campus Bookstore, 111E. Taylor St #160

Polytechnic campus – Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5999 S. Backus Mall

West campus – Wednesday, Oct 30 4701 W. Thunderbird Road

3. Order at the Sun Devil Campus Store!

日本一本道a不卡免费After the Grad Fair, the Sun Devil Campus Store will have caps and gowns available for purchase until graduation.


Graduation Products

日本一本道a不卡免费Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through .

日本一本道a不卡免费*You may order your announcements, diploma frame, and ring online at any time. Online orders will be shipped.

For more information about regalia, click here




Congratulations on the completion/planned completion of your degree program at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. You deserve to be proud of this significant academic achievement.

Please review your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to ensure you have met all degree requirements. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor if you have questions or concerns. All requirements must be completed prior to the < ahref="http://students.localrestaurantdirect.com/academic-calendar">degree conferral date for the semester you are graduating. Undergraduate students pursing concurrent degrees must apply for graduation and complete both degrees in the same semester. Undergraduates who wish to remove a minor, concurrent degree or certificate from their degree audit should contact their academic advisor. Failure to do so may result in the student being withdrawn from graduation and delay the posting of their degree.

All undergraduates will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies.

Check ASU graduation website 日本一本道a不卡免费for more undergraduate information.

ASU Grad: How to wear your Bachelor's Cap and Gown

Master's Candidates

Master's Candidates

Master's Candidates

All master's candidates will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies. For University Commencement, please wear your hood to the ceremony.

More information can be found here.
For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony please check the FAQ page first and then, if needed, contact university ceremonies.

ASU Grad: How to wear your Master's Cap and Gown

PhD candidates

PhD candidates

PhD Candidates

Please be aware that doctoral candidates must complete all degree requirements in order to participate in the commencement ceremony as outlined on the Graduate Education Office deadlines. The Commencement RSVP site will be made available in mid-October, 2019.  Read more information about the deadlines and procedures for graduation.  Click here for more information about the deadlines and procedures for graduation.  

All PhD candidates and graduate mentors will wear proper academic regalia to University Commencement and convocation ceremonies. Please carry your hood over your arm. It should not be worn before your degree is conferred.


For Commencement - Please invite your PhD mentor to participate in the hooding ceremony. If your mentor cannot attend the ceremony, please invite an appropriate substitute from the ASU faculty. Your faculty mentor/hooder or substitute will be seated next to you.  It is the responsibility of graduating doctoral candidate to submit the name of their mentor or hooder (the faculty member attending with you).  For Doctoral students, the link will appear after you have been advanced to Candidacy by the Graduate College, applied for graduation and paid your fees.  If the name and contact information for your hooder is not submitted a seat WILL NOT be reserved.

At the designated time, you will hand your hood to your hooder who will then place the hood over your head. As your name is called, you will proceed across the platform. For the ceremony on Monday, December 16 you should plan to arrive no later than 12:30 pm.日本一本道a不卡免费 *All Doctoral candidates will check-in with commencement volunteers at the Sun Devil Plaza, located directly west of Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena).

For the SFIS Convocation – you will be hooded by the academic chair of your degree program. 

For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony please email commence-RSVP@localrestaurantdirect.com. For SFIS Convocation questions, please contact cindy.dick@localrestaurantdirect.com日本一本道a不卡免费 or your academic advisor. 



Frequently Asked Questions


Professional photographs will be taken of all graduates as they cross the stage. Graduates will receive a proof and price information directly from the vendor, Grad Images, shortly after the ceremony. There is no obligation to make a purchase. Grad Images will contact you via email, so it is important that your email address is correct on the reader card you receive at the student line up. Please review it carefully and make any necessary corrections before you cross the stage so that the photographer can reach you. For more information, call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or email service@gradimages.com.

Digital commencement programs

As part of a pilot program launched in December 2012, the Office of University Ceremonies has transitioned to providing student graduates with a digital Commencement program. Individual names will no longer be listed in printed programs.

Printed Convocation Programs

SFIS will provide printed programs at Convocation listing all SFIS students that will graduate in the fall 2019 or graduated in the summer of 2019.


Diplomas are mailed approximately 10 to 12 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 home address on file with University Registrar Services. Students can update their home address from your My ASU page. Additional information about diplomas can be found here.


There are multiple locations for you and your guests to park on the Tempe campus. See the interactive ASU map for details. http://graduation.localrestaurantdirect.com/guests/parking

Accommodations for special needs


The Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena), is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for guests with limited mobility. Seating for those in wheelchairs or who have limited mobility is reserved on the upper concourse. Students in wheelchairs will be assisted up and down the ramps of the platform. Please be sure to indicate when you RSVP that you and/or your guests need special accommodations. More information can be found here.

For questions pertaining to the commencement ceremony only please email commence-RSVP@localrestaurantdirect.com.



Faculty information

Faculty Regalia Rental

Faculty:  You can purchase OR rent your regalia for the upcoming fall 2019 Graduation from Herff Jones

  • Online Rental Regalia
    • Deadline to rent online is November 5, 2019
    • Link to order 
    • Faculty can pick up at the campus ordered starting Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Late Rental Regalia
    • If you miss the ordering deadline, the Tempe bookstore will have faculty regalia available to rent up to the day of graduation.  Please note that the hoods will be ASU colors, not the faculty’s conferring university.
  • Custom Purchase Regalia
    • Deadline to purchase is October 23, 2019