December 09, 2013

More than 4,700 Sun Devils to graduate this December

Posted: December 09, 2013
woman in traditional Diné/Navajo dress
With her master's degree in criminal justice, Cheryl Lynn Blie of the Diné/Navajo tribe hopes to help chart a new path for her community. View profile
Photo by: Wasson Photography
 Joshua Gigantino
A combination of design research with technical and creative skills for space-related development points to an interesting future for graduate Joshua Gigantino. View profile
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Graduating art student Amy Gochoel began her journey at ASU in the psychology program, but left to start a family. When she returned, she enrolled in the art education program, took a sculpting class on a whim and hasn’t left the sculpting department since. View profile
Photo by: Tom Story
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December graduate Jared Doles has been lauded for his leadership. Here, he shows off a few of the items collected during a March of Dimes fundraiser. View profile
Photo by: Jared Doles
woman standing at Meteor Crater Field Camp
Lillian Ostrach will follow a unique family tradition when she graduates with her doctoral degree in geological sciences. “I am the fourth person in my family to earn a PhD in my family, and the first woman,” she says. View profile
Photo by: Lillian Ostrach at Meteor Crater Field Camp
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Student Edward Chaney has never received a grade lower than an “A” in his entire college career. During his time studying creative writing, he landed a series of internships that have provided hands-on training in the field. Above, Chaney with his wife, Kristen. View profile
Photo by: Edward Chaney
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For doctoral student and professor Shillanna Sanchez, the road to completing her dissertation was a long one, filled with lessons, joys and surprises that have made her the person she is today. View profile
Kevin Correa
Higher education presents endless opportunities to make a positive difference in your life, says Kevin Correa, graduating with a master’s degree in higher and postsecondary education. View profile
Photo by: Andy DeLisle
In a rapidly evolving world, master's graduate Mike Barcia says “the worst thing we can do is become stagnant.” View profile
Following an unsatisfying career in the media, Julie Hoffer Murillo decided to join the field of music therapy to combine her passions for music and helping people. View profile
portrait of Joseph Pullen
Former Air Force Sergeant Joseph Pullen used the G.I. Bill to earn a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. View profile

Editor's note: Learn more about some of our outstanding graduates by clicking through the photo links. 

The time has come for more than 4,700 students at Arizona State University to turn their tassels to the left and have their degrees conferred.

University commencement ceremonies are set to take place Dec. 17-18, in Wells Fargo Arena, on ASU's Tempe campus. The graduate ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m., Dec. 17, and the undergraduate ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18.

ASU President Michael M. Crow will serve as the official speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.

Individual schools and colleges will host special convocation ceremonies throughout the week. Below are just a few of them. Please visit the official website to learn whether tickets for the convocation you’re attending are required.

Monday, Dec. 16

College of Nursing and Health Innovation
10 a.m., Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, Level 3

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
3 p.m., Grady Gammage Auditorium, Tempe campus

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
2 p.m., Fletcher Lawn Library, West campus

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Barrett, the Honors College
2 p.m., Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe campus

American Indian Convocation
7:30 p.m., Neeb Hall, Tempe campus

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Hispanic Convocation
11:30 a.m., Grady Gammage Auditorium, Tempe campus

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
12:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
4:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

Thursday, Dec. 19

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
9 a.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

W. P. Carey School of Business
2:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe campus

College of Technology and Innovation
10 a.m., Sun Devil Fitness Complex on the Polytechnic campus

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