A group of new graduates wear maroon caps and gowns while holding their ASU diplomas.

Cronkite Convocation

ASU proudly celebrates its undergraduate and graduate students’ graduation with both larger commencement events and school-specific convocation events. For information on the university’s graduation plans, go to graduation.asu.edu.

Fall 2021 Convocation information

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Fall 2021 convocation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at ASU at Arizona Federal Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Graduates should arrive at 6:30 p.m. There will be signage directing graduates to the West entrance of Arizona Federal Theatre off of 5th Ave. The processional will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Degree candidates’ names will be read as they cross the stage to receive personal congratulations from Dean Battinto L. Batts Jr. The ceremony will end at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Official Convocation Program

Venue’s health and safety policies

To receive entry to the building, everyone must bring their COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of negative COVID test (taken within 72 hours). No exceptions. This is not an ASU policy but will be strictly enforced by the venue and venue staff.

  • Live Nation/Arizona Federal Theatre will also require children to have proof of negative COVID-19 tests. Children ages 2 years and under, will not have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Clear bag policy will be strictly enforced.

  • Clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags, maximum size: 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • Small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand, maximum size: 4.5″ x 6.5″

Prohibited items

  • Outside food or beverage, including bottled water
  • Balloons

Again, please review the venue’s safety guidelines.

All graduating students and their guests are encouraged to test for COVID-19 the week of the event. 

Before coming to convocation, you should take a moment to evaluate your health. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to convocation. Instead, please stay home and get tested. 

Cronkite School event policies

Face coverings are required at all Cronkite School events. This policy is in accordance with CDC guidelines for being inside buildings where distancing is not possible. This policy will be enforced for our platform party, graduating students, staff and attendees.

Feel free to show your Sun Devil spirit and wear your ASU-branded face covering.


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 do a “Forks Up! pose with Dean Batts. Graduates will be presented with a diploma case as they leave the stage.

Directions and parking

Arizona Federal 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 balloons. Entrance to the parking garage states “Employee Parking Only” – see picture below. Access to the garage is available beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.14. 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.

Parking garage at Arizona Federal Theatre.
The parking garage at 401 W. Adams St.

Frequently asked questions

As a participating student, do I need a ticket? 
No, graduating students do not need a ticket. However, you must be registered, bring your ASU ID, and arrive wearing your cap and gown on the day of the ceremony. If you missed the deadline to RSVP, please contact the Cronkite events team at csevents@asu.edu.

How many tickets may I request?
You will be able to request up to 16 tickets for your guests.

Do my guests need tickets to enter Arizona Federal Theatre?
Yes, all guests must have a ticket to enter Arizona Federal Theatre. Tickets are electronic and can be accessed through MarchingOrder via MyASU. Tickets can be scanned on a mobile device or a printed copy. Please remember to email your guests their tickets or print copies for them.

To access your graduation tickets, please follow these steps: 

  • Log-in to MyASU and navigate to the Graduation tab
  • Click the RSVP link for Marching Order 
  • Click “Manage Tickets”
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your ticket order 
  • Print or email your guest tickets as necessary

I need more tickets. What do I do?
Students needing additional tickets can request extra tickets by logging into MarchingOrder via MyASU and change the total number of tickets requested. For example, if you have 8 tickets but need 11, you will change the “Total Number of Tickets” to 11. 

Do my guests have specific seats at convocation?
No, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All guest tickets are general admission. Please don’t lose your tickets — we cannot replace them.

How do I know if I registered for convocation?
The MarchingOrder RSVP link will be available on the MyASU accounts of all students who successfully applied for graduation. If you are unable to access the link, please contact the Cronkite events team at csevents@asu.edu.

What do I do if my question is not answered here?
First, review this page. If you can’t find your answer here, contact the Cronkite events team at csevents@asu.edu.

University commencement

The university undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at 3 p.m. on Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU Tempe campus. The university graduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. at Desert Financial 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.

Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates

Students who completed coursework in 2020 or May of 2021 may participate in December 2021 and future in-person celebrations. Click here to submit informationThis link is for 2020 or spring 2021 graduates only. Once your graduation information is uploaded to the Marching Order website, the Commencement and Convocation RSVP link will appear on your myASU account. Please note that this process may take a few days.

Additional details about graduation below:

Applying for graduation

Students planning to graduate in fall 2021 should apply for graduation before Oct. 1. 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 Oct. 1 deadline.

*To be considered for Cronkite Convocation special student awards and to ensure your name appears in the Cronkite Convocation program, you must apply to graduate by the Oct. 1 graduation application 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.

Honor cords

If you are eligible for honors cords, the Registrar’s Office will automatically mail them to you. Please update your home address via MyASU to ensure the delivery of your honors cords.

Online RSVP

The MarchingOrder RSVP link will be available on the MyASU accounts of all students who have successfully applied for graduation. The registration site for Fall 2021 in-person graduation events will be open the week of Oct. 18. 

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 8 guests. 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. Also, Cronkite students, please contact the Cronkite School Events team at csevents@asu.edu to further discuss arrangements for any of your guests needing special assistance

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’s Graduation Website.

Grad Fair

Graduates will be able to purchase everything they need for graduation such as caps, gowns, announcements, frames, class rings and more at the Fall 2021 Online Grad Fair on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 a.m. MST to Sunday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. MST. The Online Grad Fair is the only time when students can get a discount on graduation packages. Graduating students will receive an email on Friday, Oct. 15 with a unique link directing them to the Online Grad Fair. 

For more information about Grad Fair, 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 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 www.gradimages.com or call 1.800.261.2576.


Arizona State University partners with The Commencement Group for our graduation ceremonies to provide special commemorative flowers and gift items for sale during commencement. These special gift items include t-shirts featuring all graduates names, and Kukui Spirit Necklaces. These items can be purchased in advance by accessing this link and items can picked up onsite at the commencement and convocation ceremonies. Orders can be placed until 9 p.m. the evening before a ceremony takes place.