Explore Tempe during ASU Graduation

Author: Alicia Kentz

Posted on: April 18, 2019
Last updated on: April 25th, 2019 at 5:09 pm


Graduation season at Arizona State University (ASU) is upon us and that means students are transitioning from adolescent college years into mature (hopefully employed) alumni. And parents, well… you’re probably more focused on how many tissues you will need to get you through the ceremony. Pro tip: about 75 tissues come in one box of Kleenex, so two boxes should suffice. You’re welcome. Let’s be real, ASU graduation in Tempe is a momentous occasion for both parents and students alike. And although this should be a joyful time, we know that wrapping up your college experience can get a bit stressful. That’s why we are here to give you the 411 on how to get the most out of your graduation week!

Where to eat

For all of you soon-to-graduate students, you’ve got your cap and gown and now your diploma is in hand (well, they actually mail you your real diploma). So, it’s time to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E good times, come on! Rejoice in this big accomplishment with all your friends and family at these Tempe restaurants.

Where to take photos

ASU has a very large campus and it can be quite daunting to find the perfect spot to take your graduation photos. Not to mention, you will be fighting for the same spot as thousands of other graduates and their families. Don’t let that intimidate you. We have put together a list of the most iconic buildings, walkways, breezeways and courtyards, where you’ll find the perfect background for your graduation photos.

Things to do in Tempe

In between the commencement ceremony or ceremonies, picture taking and celebratory meals, there are lots of places where the whole brood (family and friends) can enjoy Tempe and our desert scenery. Here are a few ideas about things to do in Tempe during ASU graduation week.

Where to buy ASU gear

You can’t spend four years or more at Arizona State University (or send your kids there) without having a collection of ASU shirts, stickers, license plate holders and other items that are emblazoned with the ASU logo. Cactus Sports, the Sun Devil Campus Store and Sun Devil Marketplace are hubs for all things ASU. Read our ASU gear blog to find each place and learn about what items they carry.

The Tempe Tourism team is always happy to help with any questions that you might have. Reach out to us at 480-894-8158 or find us on social: @tempetourism. Be sure to tag your Instagram posts with #ourtempe so we can follow along with your graduation celebrations.

Congratulations to all 2019 ASU grads and their families. We’re proud of you all and we’re so glad that you chose ASU. Go Devils!

ASU Tempe campus bridge

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