We are so excited that you will be joining us in Arizona for graduation! As you work through your travel plans be sure to explore the Alumni Travel Portal for hotel deals. There is so much to do and see around Phoenix, and luckily it’s not a difficult city to navigate. We’ve highlighted some great sights and activities in the area, as well as how to find your way to campus for the big celebration below.
Getting to Campus
Light Rail - The Metro Lite Rail is easy to use with stops all over the valley. There are 28 stations along the line including stops at the airport and campus. Get an all day pass for $4 or a ride for $2. Map your route on the Phoenix Lite Rail website.
Bus - With city-wide and regional routes, the bus system is great to get you to campus, or for exploring the greater Phoenix area and beyond. Map your route on the Valley Metro Local Bus website.
Driving - Commencement is held on the Tempe campus but certain convocations are held at other campuses throughout the Phoenix area. Use ASU driving directions to get to the right location, and make sure to give yourself ample time for traffic and finding parking as graduation will be an extremely busy day!
Uber and Lyft - These popular apps will send a driver to you and drop you at your designated location. Download the Uber or Lyft app in your app store, enter your credit card details and request a driver!
Taxi - Phoenix has a variety of taxicab services to take advantage of. You may want to call and book in advance as graduation will be a very busy day.
Parking - For parking on Tempe campus on graduation day, we suggest the Apache Boulevard, Fulton Center and Rural Road parking structures, however, there are many more around campus. Be sure to arrive early to get a spot and plan to pay $3 per hour. Explore more on the parking on Tempe campus webpage.
Things to do in Phoenix
Botanical Gardens - 140 acres of botanical gardens in the heart of Papago Park. Explore the vast gardens featuring desert flora and fauna, see a show and enjoy the delicious restaurant. Learn more at the Desert Botanical Gardens website.
Phoenix Zoo* - Explore exhibits like monkey village, a petting barn, giraffe encounter, stingray bay, camel rides and more! Open every day from 9-5 with tickets priced at $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Learn more at the Phoenix Zoo website.
Mill Ave. - We’re sure you’ve heard of this business district in the heart of Tempe, offering cultural events, dining, bar-hopping, a movie theater and waterfront with activities, there is something for everyone on Mill! Explore things to do on Mill Ave.
Hiking - Arizona is known for its outdoor activities, especially hiking! A Mountain is in ASU’s backyard and Camelback Mountain is a landmark in Phoenix. Explore hiking trails ranging from beginner to advanced.
Musical Instrument Museum* - Home to thousands of instruments around the world and featuring daily demonstrations and performances, this is a museum for all ages. Learn more about the MIM.
Old Town Scottsdale - The ultimate destination for art galleries, specialty shops, a big range of dining and nightlife options. Explore Old Town Scottsdale.
Arizona Science Center* - With hands-on learning experiences, an IMAX theater and special exhibits like “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey”, kids and adults will enjoy this interactive museum. Learn more about the science center.
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For more information about the graduation ceremonies explore the graduation page. We can’t wait to see you on campus and hope you enjoy your time in Arizona!