ASU fall 2017 commencement by the numbers

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Arizona State University bid adieu to the fall semester of 2017, kicking off December with 28 graduation ceremonies over 12 days.

Undergraduate commencement will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Wells Fargo Arena on the Tempe campus. Graduate commencement will follow at the same location at 1:30 p.m. 

• List of special interest convocations: graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/special

• Full schedule of ceremonies: graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/latest

The total number of graduates heading out into the world with hopes, dreams, shiny new knowledge and a sheepskin under their arms is 7,671.

Of that total, 5,576 are undergrads and 2,095 are graduate and doctoral students.

This fall’s class tops last fall’s by more than 600 students.

Slightly more women than men earned their bachelor’s degrees: 52 percent versus 47 percent. That held true at the advanced level for those earning master’s degrees or doctorates: 52 percent women over 48 percent men. 

Arizonans dominated those receiving bachelor’s degrees, with 59.3 percent of the Class of Fall 2017 hailing from the Grand Canyon State.

Almost 36 percent of students receiving advanced degrees such as master’s degrees or doctorates were from Arizona. Kyle Mohr was one of them, earning a Master of Science in geology from the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

The Cave Creek native was working in South Carolina, doing groundwater monitoring for the state department of natural resources. He realized he didn’t like what he was doing, and he wanted to study geology. He moved his family across the country and set to work at ASU.

“He has demonstrated discipline and commitment and is developing the skills to become a good scientist," said his adviser, David Williams, director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies.