At this time, we have made no decision to cancel graduation ceremonies. Please know that we will be continuously assessing the circumstances arising from the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and will make a determination later based upon those circumstances. We will keep everyone informed as decisions are made.

Please keep checking the ASU COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Our next Thunderbird Convocation will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Join us for this convocation event and other graduation activities.

ASU Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Desert Financial Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Guests: Open to all graduating ASU masters and Ph.D. candidates, their guests and members of the community
RSVP: Via MarchingOrder
For more information: Click here

2020 Thunderbird Graduates Award Ceremony and Reception 

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020
Time: 2pm (Arizona Time)
Location: A.E. England Building @ Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave, Downtown Phoenix
Guests: Open to all graduating students, their guests, faculty and staff
Parking: Click here
Invitation RSVP:

ASU Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Desert Financial Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Guests: Open to all graduating ASU undergraduate candidates, their guests, and members of the community
RSVP: Via MarchingOrder
For more information: Click here

Thunderbird Convocation Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.)
Location: Arizona Federal Theatre (formerly Comerica), 400 W. Washington Street
Programs Graduating: Bachelor of Global Management (BGM), Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (MAGAM), Master of Global Management (MGM), Online Master of Global Management (OMGM), Master of Applied Leadership and Management (MALM)
Guests: Open to all students, friends, family and Thunderbird community with a valid ticket.
Invitation RSVP: Via MarchingOrder

A full listing of all ASU graduation ceremonies, can be found here

Live viewing

Can’t make it to campus for convocation? Watch the ceremony live!  The link will activate 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony at 9:45 a.m. MST.

Clear Bag Policy

To enhance public safety and make event venue access more efficient, ASU adopted a Clear Bag Policy for all graduation celebrations. Guests and Graduates may bring in one (1) clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. Guests and Graduates are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch or purse for privacy. Please refer to ASU's Clear Bag Policy Details for more information.


There are more than 3,000 hotel rooms in downtown Phoenix that are within walking distance of Phoenix Convention Center and more than 6,000 hotel rooms located along the light rail system. Getting to your hotel via the Light Rail is fast and easy as it directly serves Sky Harbor International Airport. Click here to view area hotels.


Graduation Day Flowers will be offering fresh flower bouquets and orchid leis at ASU convocation ceremonies.  Pre-order beautiful orchid leis, bouquets, and graduation necklaces now for convenient pick-up at the ceremony.

Graduation Day Flowers


Graduating students may request complimentary tickets for friends and family through the MarchingOrder website beginning in March. Eligible students will receive the link and may request up to ten (10) tickets. Additional tickets can be requested by emailing We will not turn guests away so please do not wait to book travel for the ticket site to open.

Current ASU students and staff may attend by contacting

Parking and Transit Information

Students, faculty and staff can visit ASU Parking and Transit Services on any campus to receive a free transit pass good for complimentary light rail and/or bus transportation during Convocation week. Please look for more information and dates that passes will be available.

Students, guests, faculty and staff are welcome to take the campus shuttle to the Downtown campus from any other campus. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes starting at 6 a.m. during Convocation week.

There are numerous parking options near the Arizona Federal Theatre.