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Cronkite School convocation

Convocation Ceremony
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Spring 2019 convocation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Comerica Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Graduates should arrive at 6 p.m. There will be signage directing graduates to the West entrance of Comerica off of 5th Avenue. The processional will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Degree candidates' names will be read as they cross the stage to receive personal congratulations from Dean Christopher Callahan. The ceremony will end at approximately 8:30 p.m.

University Commencement
The university undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU Tempe campus. The university graduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 6 at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU Tempe campus. ASU President Michael M. Crow will confer degrees upon graduating students at these ceremonies. For more information, visit the University's Graduation website.

Applying for Graduation
Students planning to graduate in spring 2019 should apply for graduation before Feb. 15. Visit the University Registrar Graduation Page for graduation application instructions. An additional $25 fee will be assessed for each additional concurrent degree. A late fee of $35 will be assessed to anyone applying after the Feb. 15 deadline.

Diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the degree conferral date to the home address on file with University Registrar Services. Please update your home address via MyASU prior to Commencement to ensure the delivery of your diploma.

Online RSVP
The MarchingOrder RSVP link is available on the MyASU accounts of all students who have successfully applied for graduation. For step by step instructions to RSVP for Commencement and Convocation, please visit the University’s Graduation website. The deadline to RSVP to MarchingOrder is Wednesday, April 24. Each student may RSVP for up to 10 guests for convocation. Guest tickets are available on MarchingOrder through your MyASU. Additional tickets will be released on Monday, April 22 at 9 a.m. MST. These additional tickets are first come, first served. Each graduate may request up to six extra tickets.

Please note that changes to graduates’ personal information on the MarchingOrder form will apply only to this convocation ceremony. To make changes to permanent information with ASU, sign into MyASU.

Each student may RSVP for up to 10 guests for convocation. Guest tickets are available on Marching Order through your MyASU. Additional tickets will be released at a later date. Students will receive an email to request additional tickets.

Graduating Students Requiring Special Assistance
Students should indicate on the MarchingOrder RSVP form that special arrangements are needed and include a description of what kind of accommodation will be required. Students should also contact the Cronkite School Events team at csevents@asu.edu to further discuss the arrangements.

Guests Requiring Special Assistance
Students should indicate on the MarchingOrder RSVP form the number of guests in need of special seating arrangements and a description of what kind of accommodation each guest will require.

Caps and Gowns
Graduates must wear official ASU caps and gowns during the commencement and convocation ceremonies. Tassels are worn on the right at convocation. Master's candidates may wear their hoods. Cap and gown arrangements can be made through the ASU Bookstore. Students eligible for honor cords may pick them up at any registrar’s office. More information about honors eligibility may be found on the University Commencement website.

Grad Fair Spring 2019
Graduates will be able to purchase all graduation items, such as caps, gowns, announcements, frames, class rings and more at the Downtown Phoenix campus Grad Fair on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ASU Bookstore. Online graduates may order their regalia online. For dates or more information about Grad Fairs at other ASU campuses, click here.

ASU has contracted with GradImages to take professional photographs of graduates backstage prior to the start of the ceremony and as they receive personal congratulations from Dean Callahan at the Cronkite School’s convocation ceremony. Graduates will receive a proof and price information from GradImages approximately seven to ten days after graduation. There is no obligation to make a purchase. For more information, visit gradimages.com or call 1.800.261.2576.

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. To order, visit the Graduation Day Flowers pre-order page.

Graduates will receive a name card when they check in for the convocation ceremony. Name cards contain the graduate’s name and contact information as entered in the MarchingOrder RSVP form. At the appropriate time during the ceremony, candidates will be asked to stand and proceed to the stage. As candidates approach the stage, they will hand their name card to the announcer. As each name is called, the candidate should walk across the stage and shake hands with Dean Callahan. Graduates will be presented with a diploma case as they leave the stage.

Directions and Parking
Comerica Theatre is located in Downtown Phoenix at 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Limited free parking is available for graduates and guests in the Adams Street Garage located at 401 W. Adams St., Phoenix on the north side of Adams St. between 4th and 5th avenues.

The garage will be clearly marked with balloon towers. Entrance to the parking garage states “Employee Parking Only” (see picture below). Access to the garage is available beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. Your patience is appreciated upon exit of the garage as all Cronkite Convocation graduates, guests, faculty and staff will be exiting the parking garage around the same time.


Spring 2019 Convocation Information
Spring 2019 Convocation will be held Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Comerica Theatre.

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