More than 5,000 students to graduate Dec. 14, 15

December 6, 2011

With the holiday season just around the corner, more than 5,000 graduating students will have a special reason to celebrate this year.

Commencement for 1,305 graduate students will take place at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 14, in Wells Fargo Arena. The undergraduate fall commencement ceremony for 4,183 students will take place at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 15, in Wells Fargo Arena. Download Full Image

ASU President Michael Crow will be the commencement speaker at each ceremony. Both ceremonies will be webcast live. Convocations for individual colleges will take place on all ASU campuses Dec. 14-16. A schedule is available at

The Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will graduate 85 graduate students and 17 undergraduate students at their convocation, to take place at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 16, in Gammage Auditorium.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will graduate 211 undergraduate and 73 graduate students – or, more specifically, 112 artists, five dancers, 74 designers, 51 musicians and 42 theatre and film majors.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will award 793 undergraduate degrees and 93 graduate degrees this fall. There will be two ceremonies: the Maroon ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Dec. 16., in Wells Fargo Arena and the Gold ceremony will take place at noon to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 16, in Wells Fargo Arena.

College of Public Programs will award 73 graduate and 274 undergraduate degrees at 5 p.m., Dec. 16, at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

The New College will award 357 bachelor’s degrees and 33 master’s degrees next week. The convocation ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., Dec. 15, on the Fletcher Library Lawn on the West campus.

The College of Technology and Innovation will graduate 78 graduate students and 273 undergraduate students at 8 p.m., Dec. 16, on the Tempe campus.

The ASU Alumni Association will present Moeur Awards to 20 students who have achieved the highest grade-point averages with all of their studies completed at ASU.

Free parking will be available throughout the Tempe campus, except for metered spaces and residence hall lots. Parking information for commencement and convocation ceremonies can be found here:

Natasha Karaczan
Media Relations

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU hosts fall 2011 Hispanic Convocation

December 6, 2011

The ASU Office of Public Affairs is inviting the media to attend the fall 2011 Hispanic Convocation ceremony. The ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 16 at Grady Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe.

The Hispanic Convocation is a tradition established by Arizona State University Hispanic students more than twenty-five years ago, and celebrates the accomplishments of ASU’s Hispanic graduates. This year’s event will include approximately 100 graduates.  Download Full Image

“This convocation is especially significant because it celebrates their academic achievements in a festive, cultural environment shared with family and friends,” said Sandy Ferniza, executive director for Community Development in the Office of Public Affairs. 

Gabriel Serrato has been selected as the fall 2011 Jose Ronstadt Outstanding Undergraduate student award recipient. He is graduating cum laude from ASU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Human Communication. While at ASU, Gabriel earned support and recognition for his high academic achievements from organizations like the Hispanic Leadership Forum, The Eloisa Diaz Educational Foundation and The Order of Omega Academic Honorary Society.

Gabriel’s exemplary community leadership includes serving as Vice President for the Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Director of Standards for the Multicultural Greek Council, a youth mentor for the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute and the ASU Obama Scholars program and an Academic Success Leader for ASU’s Academic Support Services.  Gabriel has volunteered many hours with groups like Sparky’s Welcome Team, Devils in Disguise, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children and UMOM New Day Center.

ASU enrolled just over 72,000 students across its four campuses at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester. Of that total, 12,238 were Hispanic undergraduates and graduate students. The 2010-2011 student body also included more than 350 National Hispanic Scholars. Their achievements are supported by more than 1,300 Hispanic faculty and staff.

Reporter , ASU News