June 13, 2019
Whether you’re a new student or a returning Sun Devil, you have so much to look forward to at ASU in the coming year. So get excited about the top events of the fall semester!
Save the date now for these don’t-miss events across ASU.
1. Sun Devil Tuesday and Culture Fest
Sun Devil Tuesday will be the unforgettable first gathering of the class of 2023. First-year students from across ASU will come together at Wells Fargo Arena to represent their colleges and celebrate the start of their ASU adventure. Sun Devils will hear from their colleges and meet up with their peers to experience the welcome ceremony together. The excitement begins at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Right after Welcome, head over to Sun Devil Stadium to celebrate the rich diversity of the ASU community at Culture Fest as the Sun Devil Tuesday excitement continues. You’ll experience all that Culture@ASU and the student-led Council of Coalitions have to offer: the food, live entertainment and resources representative of cultures from around the globe.
2. Passport to ASU
Passport to ASU is the involvement fair to end all involvement fairs. Connect with some of the 1,000+ registered student organizations at ASU, including sport clubs, fraternities and sororities, service and arts organizations and much more.
The event is the night before classes start, Aug. 21 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union, the Student Pavilion and the Sun Devil Fitness complex on ASU’s Tempe campus.
3. The first home football game
Your Sun Devils face Kent State in the first home game of the season on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Help #IgnitetheInferno by downloading your free student ticket on the ASU mobile app, don your favorite gold gear and be part of the excitement of the Inferno, ASU’s lively student section.
4. Heritage and Pride celebrations
ASU fall heritage months and LGBTQ Pride events celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic, Latinx, Native American and LGBTQ communities.
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15–Oct. 15 with the Low Rider Car Show at ASU’s West campus as well as political talks, film screenings, dancing and other student-led events.
Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November, when the Native American Heritage Festival and Pow Wow will be held Nov. 9 at the ASU West campus, in addition to lectures, art and the Showdown on the Rez women’s basketball game.
LGBTQ focused student groups at ASU host a wide range of resource events and celebrations. The Rainbow Coalition will host Rainbow Welcome before the first home football game. Join in the fun Aug. 29 starting at 5 p.m. at Devils on Mill to connect with students and celebrate LGBTQ student groups.
Trans Awareness Week often includes a display for Transgender Day of Remembrance, along with panels, film screenings and other events.
5. Family Weekend
After you’ve settled into the semester, show off your Sun Devil life to your family! Family Weekend is Nov. 8–10.
Celebrate traditions like the Devils on Mill block party, the “A” Mountain spirit hike or the Gold Rush obstacle course. Be sure to cheer on Sun Devil football against USC! This is a black out game, so wear black!
6. International Night
The largest festival on campus is International Night, which is hosted by the Coalition of International Students and features dozens of student groups to celebrate world cultures through food, dance, music and education.
The Nov. 15 event on ASU’s Tempe campus is an unforgettable way to go around the world in one night and celebrate another great semester.
Homecoming celebrations are a community affair at ASU. Whether it’s the Sparky’s Challenge race and Carnival at the West campus, the Devil’s Royale Casino Night at the Polytechnic campus, the Homecoming Dance at the Downtown Phoenix campus or the Lantern Walk and parade at the Tempe campus, Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition is front and center. Keep an eye out for details about event locations.
Homecoming is Nov. 17–23, including the football game against Oregon on Nov. 23. Wear maroon to be part of the Maroon Monsoon!
8. Territorial Cup
Did you know one of the longest-standing college football rivalries in the United States is the one between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona?
The Territorial Cup tradition started 120 years ago when the Normal School (ASU’s original name) defeated U of A to take home the original cup. Now every year we face off to be custodians of the cup for the year. The Sun Devils won last year 41-40, so we get to host the big game on Nov. 30 at Sun Devil Stadium.
We’ll have no pity for the kitty as we #IgnitetheInferno for the final game of the season. Wear gold! Let’s keep the cup!
9. Finals Breakfast
It’s admittedly too early to worry about finals, but you’ll be glad you saved the date for Finals Breakfast when you’re in that final crunch of the semester.
The Wednesday before Finals Week, ASU faculty and staff serve a late-night breakfast feast to students at dining halls across all ASU campuses. Finals Breakfast is a tradition that marks the end of each semester and provides students a chance to refuel before finals.
Keep an eye out for the announcement of the exact timing and locations for this Dec. 4 event.
10. Special-interest convocations
At the end of the fall semester we'll be celebrating the thousands of fall #ASUgrads at the all-school commencement ceremony as well as at special-interest convocations. Come celebrate graduating Sun Devils starting Dec. 14 at the International Student Stole Ceremony, the Veterans Honor Stole Ceremony, the Rainbow Convocation, the Asian/Asian Pacific American Convocation, the Black African Convocation, the American Indian Convocation and the Hispanic Convocation.
Hear from students about what the more intimate convocation gatherings mean to them, and check out the full schedule of ASU fall graduation ceremonies.