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Barrett Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next Barrett Convocation ceremony?

The date for the Barrett Fall Convocation is Monday, December 11th, 2023 at 12pm in Gammage Auditorium.

The date for Spring 2024 convocation has not been released yet. Please visit for the most up to date information on University Ceremonies.

Where is Convocation?

Fall Convocation will be hosted at Grady Gammage Auditorium on the Tempe Campus.

What do I need to do to prepare for Fall 2023 graduation?

  1. Apply
    Apply for graduation and pay your fees by October 2nd, 2023. Apply online for graduation by going to myASU and clicking the "Graduation" tab in the My Programs & eAdvisor box. Please note that a credit card is required. If you do not apply and pay your fee by October 2nd, there are additional late fees and your name is not guaranteed in the printed program.
  2. RSVP 
    Complete the Barrett Graduation Form - Go to myASU and click the "Graduation" tab in the My Programs & eAdvisor box. Click on “RSVP for Ceremonies” link; on this page you will see forms for each of your colleges including Barrett. This form will be available starting October 16th.
  3. Order 
    Visit Herff Jones for information about graduation regalia. The ASU Grad Fair dates will be posted after September 15, 2023. Keep an eye on your inbox later in the spring for the unique URL you will need to be able to access your discounted graduation packages. 

    Commemorative maroon and gold tassels are also available. All items can be purchased via the Herff Jones online store

    For questions about the Online Grad Fair, you can email help@southwestgrad.comor call 480-219-3247
  4. Go
    Plan to attend the wonderful ceremonies:
    1. Barrett, the Honors College Convocation 
      Monday, December 11th, 12:00 p.m., Gammage Auditorium, Tempe Campus
    2. Undergraduate Commencement 
      Monday, December 11th, 2:30 p.m., Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe Campus
    3. Deadline Summary
      1. October 2nd File for graduation deadline
      2. November 3rd Deadline to submit Marching Order form for inclusion in Barrett Convocation Program
      3. November 17 Fall Thesis deadline
      4. November 20th deadline to submit Marching Order form for participation at Barrett Convocation (without print inclusion)
      5. December 11th, 2023 – Fall Barrett Convocation ceremony, 12:00 p.m., Gammage Auditorium

What is the difference between Graduate Commencement, Undergraduate Commencement and Convocation?

  • Graduate Commencement is the University ceremony where President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU graduate students (Master's and Doctoral candidates).
  • Undergraduate Commencement is where President Crow will confer degrees upon all ASU undergraduate students (Bachelor's candidates).
  • Convocation is a celebratory ceremony where students are individually recognized by the college for their academic achievement. This is the ceremony where student names are called as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover.

Who may walk in the Barrett Convocation

Barrett graduates who turn in their final signed honors thesis/creative project are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Please contact your Barrett Honors Adviser to confirm eligibility at 480-965-9155 prior to the week of the ceremony.

Is there a limit to the number of guests at Convocation? Do guests need tickets for the Convocation ceremony?

Tickets are NOT required for the Barrett Fall Convocation Ceremony. Please bring as many guests as you would like.

Are face coverings required for students, staff and guests at graduation?

As of March 14, 2022, face coverings will not be required across ASU campuses. Anyone (faculty, staff, students and visitors) on an ASU campus location may choose to wear a face covering at any time.

Are students allowed to remove their face covering on the platform/stage (i.e. while receiving their diploma or taking their Grad Image photo)?

Yes - while graduates are on stage, taking photos, they may remove their masks. As of March 14, 2022, face coverings will not be required across ASU campuses, except in a few locations (e.g., in designated courses with select required activities, on intercampus shuttles and in healthcare settings). Anyone (faculty, staff, students and visitors) on an ASU campus location may choose to wear a face covering at any time.

Will face coverings be required outside?

No, masks will not be required outside. As of March 14, 2022, face coverings will not be required across ASU campuses, except in a few locations (e.g., in designated courses with select required activities, on intercampus shuttles and in healthcare settings). Anyone (faculty, staff, students and visitors) on an ASU campus location may choose to wear a face covering at any time.

Will students or guests need to be vaccinated to attend a ceremony?

Vaccinations will not be required for students and guests to attend an on-campus ceremony. The university continues to recommend strongly that people get vaccinated. Greater rates of vaccination are the best tool available to reduce the rate of transmission in the community. Learn more at

Venues not operated and maintained by Arizona State University may require proof of vaccination to enter those facilities. Please check with your college or the venue for more details.

How do I file (or apply) for graduation? What does that mean?

Filing (or applying) for graduation tells the University that you plan to graduate this semester and have all of the credits and coursework completed to qualify. The Fall 2023 Graduation Filing Deadline is October 2, 2023.

  • Undergraduate: $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)
  • Graduate: $50 ($25 for each additional concurrent degree)
  • Late fee, if applicable: $35
  • Duplicate Diploma Fee: $35

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Graduates must wear an official ASU cap and gown during the Convocation ceremony. See for information about graduation regalia.

What should I wear with my cap and gown?

Graduates are encouraged to dress 'business professional' under their cap and gown for ceremonies. Please be careful when choosing footwear. Please visit University Ceremonies website for more information about academic regalia.

I think I'm supposed to have an honor cord- what is this? Where do I get it?

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. For more information, visit Graduation Ceremonies.

On-campus students can pick up honor cords at any University Registrar Services location.

ASU Online students who have earned honor cords will receive them via mail. They will be mailed automatically to eligible students based on the requirements listed on the website above.

What time should I arrive at Gammage Auditorium? Where do we meet?

Gammage Auditorium doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony for both graduates and guests. Graduates will receive an email with detailed instructions on where and when to report for the processional in December. Graduates will report by 11:00 a.m. wearing cap and gown with business attire, and comfortable shoes. Graduates should not bring purses or valuables as there is no place to secure them. We expect graduates to be in place in line no later than 45 minutes before the ceremony so that the processional can begin on time.

Will I get my diploma at Commencement or Convocation?

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 7-10 weeks after the end of the semester to the permanent address on file with the registrar's office. At Convocation, you will receive a diploma cover with a letter from the Dean.

Will my photo or video be taken during Convocation? Is there a professional photographer or videographer?

Professional photographers from Grad Images will take photos of graduates as they process onto stage and as they cross stage and accept their diploma cover. These photos are available for purchase after the ceremony. Grad Images will email all graduates with information about the photos that were taken within 48 hours of the ceremony. For more information, visit the Grad Images website. Complimentary in-person photos with Grad Images will be offered at all campuses this semester. Please visit Graduation Memories for more information.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you (the graduate) need special accommodations or have a disability, please indicate on your Marching Order form and we will arrange to accommodate your needs.

If one of your guests will need special accommodations, please inform them that they will need to arrive early (doors open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony) and staff at Gammage Auditorium will assist them with special seating. Gammage Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Seating for patrons with a physical disability is available in all facilities.

Where should I park?

Visit the Gammage Parking webpage for a parking map near the venue. For more information about parking on campus, see this Tempe campus parking map.

How can I stay connected to Barrett after graduation?

  • Attend Barrett Events 
    Visit the Barrett website for upcoming events.
  • Stay Connected 
    As a Barrett Honors College alumnus, you can play an integral role in the future and continued development of your honors college.

    Your involvement in helping define the honors college and support students can be your lasting legacy. There are many ways to make a positive impact as a Barrett alum. Contact us at for more information.
  • Invest in our future leaders 
    The Dean’s Club network of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, business leaders and friends share a strong belief in the value of higher education and a commitment to supporting high-achieving students.

    Dean’s Club members play an integral role in the future and continued development of Barrett Honors College as the “gold standard” of honors education and a place where the best and brightest students can thrive.

    Join the Dean’s Club with an annual gift of $1,000 or more to any Barrett scholarship fund. 

    Join the Dean's club

How can I join the ASU Alumni Association?

To join the ASU Alumni Association, visit their website.

How can I order graduation invitations or announcements for my family and friends?

The ASU Bookstore has custom graduation invitations and announcements available for purchase.

If I still have questions about all of this, what do I do?

  • For questions regarding your eligibility to graduate from Barrett, contact your Barrett Advising Office
  • [Tempe Campus: 480-965-9155] [Downtown Campus: 602-496-0557] [West Campus: 602-543-4503] [Poly Campus 480-727-2380]
  • For any questions regarding the Fall 2023 Convocation ceremony email