More than 6,000 to graduate during fall commencement Dec. 15

ASU graduates embrace one another

More than 6,000 students are set to have their degrees conferred at the Arizona State University commencement ceremonies, Dec. 15.

The undergraduate ceremony is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m., in Wells Fargo Arena, on the Tempe campus. The graduate ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m., in Wells Fargo Arena.

Commencement will be broadcast live via ASU Live.

Ed Pastor, congressman and ASU alumnus, will be honored with the university medal of excellence at the undergraduate ceremony.

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona since 1991, Congressman Pastor has served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, the Education and Labor Committee and the Committee on Small Business.

Pastor is the son of a miner from Claypool, Arizona, and was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Special interest and cultural convocations are scheduled through Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Tempe, Downtown Phoenix and West campuses, including the American Indian Convocation, the Hispanic Convocation and the Barrett Honors Convocation.

Although fall commencement is generally quieter than its spring counterpart, ASU’s Melissa Werner, director of university ceremonies, says the event will be well attended.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of fall graduates. The correct number is 6,342, not 7,000.