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 2022 Convocation information

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Fall 2022 convocation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 8 p.m. at Desert Financial Arena. Graduate check-in and guest entrances will open at 7 p.m. Graduates need to be checked in and in line by 7:45 p.m.

Fall 2022 Convocation program

View and download the convocation program for speaker bios and student awards, along with list of graduates. More information to come.

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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 pose with Dean Batts. Graduates will be presented with a diploma folder as they leave the stage.

Venue policies

  • 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″
    • Seat Cushion and Seat Cushion with back: No pockets or zippers, 18” or less in width

Directions and parking

Desert Financial Arena is located in Tempe, Arizona at 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe. Guests and students are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation to get to the ceremony, however free parking is available on a first come first serve basis for graduates and guests in various ASU parking lots and structures. Parking information for the ceremonies can be found HERE.

University commencement

The university undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, December 12, 2022, at 2:30 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, December 12, 2022 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.

Additional details about graduation below:

Applying for graduation

Students planning to graduate in fall 2022 should apply for graduation before October 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

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Your current GPA at the time of your cord request will determine which honor cords you are given. Cords may be picked up at any University Registrar Services location.

In-person students: honor cords may be picked up at any University Registrar Services location

ASU Online students: honor cords will be mailed automatically to eligible students based on the requirements listed above. Please update your home address via MyASU to ensure the delivery of your honors cords.

Learn more about honor 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 2022 in-person graduation events will be open the week of October 17.

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.Students may invite as many guests as they would like to the Fall 2022 Cronkite Convocation Ceremony.  Tickets will not be required for this event.

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

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 2022 Grad Fair Online, which will run from Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 a.m. MST to Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. MST.

The Grad Fair Online is the only time when students can get a discount on graduation packages. Graduating students should have received an email on Friday, Oct. 7 with a unique link directing them to the Online Grad Fair. For more information about Grad Fair, click here.


ASU has contracted with Grad Images 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 Grad Images 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.


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 Commencement Group pre-order page.