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Cronkite School convocation

Convocation Ceremony
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Fall 2019 convocation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage. Doors open at 6 p.m. Graduates should arrive at ASU Gammage at 6 p.m. There will be signage directing the graduates to the line-up area for the processional. 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 p.m. Please note, all guests attending the Cronkite convocation ceremony at ASU Gammage will need to comply with the university’s Clear Bag Policy.

University Commencement
The university undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU Tempe campus. The university graduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 16, at 1:30 p.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 fall 2019 should apply for graduation by Oct. 4, 2019. Visit the University Registrar Services Graduation Page for graduation application instructions. The undergraduate and graduate degree filing fee will be $50. 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 Oct. 4 deadline.

Diplomas
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.

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 eight guests for convocation.

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 so we can prepare for those accommodations ahead of time.

Guests 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 so we can prepare for those accommodations ahead of time.

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: Fall 2019
Graduates will be able to purchase all graduation products such as caps, gowns, announcements, frames, class rings and more at the Downtown Phoenix campus Grad Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24, 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.

Photography
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 10 days after graduation. There is no obligation to make a purchase. For more information, visit gradimages.com or call 1.800.261.2576.

Flowers
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.

Ceremony
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 memento as they leave the stage.

Clear Bag Policy
To enhance public safety and make ASU venues access more efficient, all ASU venues adopted a Clear Bag Policy. All guests may bring in one (1) clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. Guests are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch or purse for privacy. Guests with prohibited bags will need to return their bags to their vehicle and transfer their belongings to an approved clear plastic bag before entering the venue.

For a list of approved/prohibited items and frequently asked questions, please visit the Clear Bag Policy.

Directions and Parking
ASU Gammage is located on the Tempe campus at 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Convocation ceremony guests may park in the visitor lot #3 which surrounds ASU Gammage. Parking is free of charge on convocation day, and is first-come, first-serve. For more information about ASU Gammage parking, please visit the ASU Gammage website. For more information about ASU Gammage, please visit here.

Recent Convocation Videos

Cronkite School Spring 2019 Convocation
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Cronkite School Spring 2018 Convocation
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Cronkite School Fall 2017 Convocation
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