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Arizona State University graduation set for downtown Phoenix

(Arizona State University Photo)

PHOENIX — Thousands of college students and their family and friends will pour into downtown Phoenix on Monday evening for Arizona State University’s spring graduation.

The university said over 15,000 were expected to graduate. They’ll be spending part of the commencement in the heat. The National Weather Service predicted a high of 103 degrees, a day after temperatures reached a record high of 106 degrees for the date.

The ceremony for undergraduates was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Capacity in the stands of the indoor baseball park is about 48,000.

Last year, just days before graduation, temperatures also hit 106 degrees, but by the big day the weather had cooled down to a cloudy 82 degrees.

Tickets would not be necessary for entry at the stadium, although ceremonies for individual colleges held at other sites would require them.

Graduate students were scheduled to celebrate earlier in the day, at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

Other ASU colleges holding convocations this week included Barrett Honors College and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on Tuesday; the Asian/Asian Pacific American and American Indian ceremonies Wednesday; the Black African convocation and W.P. Carey School of Business on Thursday; Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College on Friday and closing with the Hispanic convocation Saturday.

ASU planned to live stream each of the ceremonies.

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