Being a Fulton Schools student doesn’t mean “all work and no play.” Our traditional ceremonial symbol is the lightsaber, so you know we can be a light-hearted bunch! We hope that in addition to all your study hours, you also take a few hours to have fun. First-year students already experienced E2, our traditional welcome weekend extravaganza. And hopefully you know that we wear gold on Fridays. Here are a few of our other traditions you shouldn’t miss out on.

The best party on the planet

Join us for the Homecoming Block party on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Entertainment starts four hours before kickoff with a parade and block party. Student orgs and other groups can sign up to be part of the parade.

Students, faculty and staff can share their Sun Devil pride at the Block Party three ways — show your Fulton Schools pride as an exhibitor, help make the party great as a volunteer or be our guest for some great barbecue! Show your fellow students, alumni and all of the Sun Devil community what awesome things you’re working on with demos and hands-on fun.

Check Inner Circle for how to sign up to exhibit at the Homecoming Block Party

You can also sign up to volunteer at the Homecoming Block Party. It’s the place to be to show your love for engineering and technology! You can also network with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community. Volunteers who work more than three hours get free BBQ at the end of their shift!

Want to volunteer? Contact Elizabeth Cross at

If you’re not ready to be an exhibitor or volunteer, we hope you’ll be our guest at the party. Everybody can join us for activities, but only ticket holders receive a free meal!

Check Inner Circle for how to sign up to attend the Homecoming Block Party and get free BBQ!

Learn more about ASU Homecoming


Take your Fulton Schools education around the world

See the world in a new way and enhance your engineering education with study abroad! Programs during the semester and over the summer provide plenty of opportunity to enhance your understanding of engineering and technical concepts, global business perspectives, world issues and societies — experiences that help make you competitive in the job market.

Aerospace engineering undergrad Nicole Gonzales was among the 14 aerospace and mechanical engineering students that took a trip across the pond to England to gain a global perspective on the aeronautics industry with Professor of Practice Timothy Takahashi.

In addition to the educational and cultural benefit of the trip, Gonzales noted the value of bonding with her fellow classmates and living abroad.

“I’ve realized that it’s quite possible that many of the friends and connections we made here will likely be connections we all carry into the workplace together as well, even beyond our college years. Good connections with good people, who enjoy similar interests and share new experiences are things you can’t put prices on. Which really makes this trip a lot more meaningful to me,” she says. “Between that, and the experience [of] living in another country and learning academics and lifestyles in ways that allow you to compare and contrast American and British differences, there truly is nothing like it.”

See what more of your fellow students did for their summer study abroad programs.

Need help with funding? Scholarships like the Fulton Schools of Engineering Study Abroad Scholarship (which can be found on the Fulton Schools scholarship page when available) and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can help fund study abroad program fees.

See where you can study abroad


Encourage the next generation of engineers

At the Fulton Schools we like to share our passion for STEM education with the wider community and help young students see engineering as a path they, too, can pursue. For some of you, these outreach programs may have been what got you interested in engineering and introduced you to the Fulton Schools! You can give back to the community through a number of outreach opportunities we do every year.

Field Trip Days
During Field Trip Days elementary, middle and high school students explore a day in the life of our engineers through hands-on activities with Fulton Schools students and tour our labs and facilities. These events take place throughout fall and spring semesters at the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses.

Night of the Open Door
In February, we open our Tempe and Polytechnic campus doors to the public to inspire the next generation of engineers, builders and makers. At Night of the Open Door, you can help show off what’s happening in our labs and other facilities, host hands-on activities and demos and teach visitors about engineering, technology, aviation, construction, design and more.

Check out spring 2017’s Night of the Open Door highlights — thousands of community visitors came to see our work!

What better way to teach the fun in engineering than through LEGO? FIRST Robotics and its FIRST LEGO League programs help elementary, middle and high school students ignite an enthusiasm for discovery of STEM through hands-on learning and global robotics competition. Get involved, inspire future engineers, and build your mentorship skills!

Come join the FLL Community as we kickoff our upcoming season, Hydrodynamics, at the at ASU Tempe campus.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU), Tempe campus [map]

Come on out and help us celebrate the 98 teams from all of the state of Arizona that have qualified for the AZ FLL State Championship

Saturday, January 13, 2018 and Sunday, January 14, 2018
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
ASU Tempe campus — watch Inner Circle for the updated location

Find more outreach events and programs


Celebrate the culmination of your ASU journey

Graduation from ASU involves two ceremonies: ASU Commencement and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Convocation ceremony.

Commencement is where the university celebrates all ASU graduates. The ceremony is split between an Undergraduate Commencement and a Graduate Commencement. President Crow confers degrees on all ASU undergraduate, master’s and doctoral candidates at these ceremonies, and undergraduate students are recognized as groups by school. Even if you’re not graduating this semester, go cheer on the Fulton Schools at Wells Fargo Arena Monday, December 11, 2017 (9 a.m. for undergrads, 1:30 p.m. for graduate students).

Convocation is a high-spirited ceremony to celebrate undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the six Fulton Schools. This is the ceremony where your name is announced and you walk across the stage to receive congratulations from the deans and program chairs. Doctoral students are hooded during the ceremony, but master’s students will not be hooded on stage. Celebrate with your Fellow Fulton Schools students at the ceremony on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Are you a graduating senior or completing your master’s or doctorate this semester? Watch Inner Circle for more information about Grad Fair! At Grad Fair you’ll get your cap and gown, announcements, class rings and more!

Fall 2017 grads — you have one more assignment this semester: Decorate your grad caps for the mortarboard challenge! We love when our students show their spirit and creativity at convocation, so get your glue gun, glitter, LEGO and LEDs ready! Decorate the top of your graduation cap — represent your major, show your Sun Devil spirit, thank your parents, celebrate that you made it through college, add lights or 3D scenes, or simply beautify your mortarboard — and you could be selected as one of our three winners recognized during the ceremony and win Fulton Schools swag! Check out some of our past favorites.

Learn more about Fulton Schools Convocation


Commit to lifelong engineering excellence

Fulton Schools tradition extends beyond graduation as well. Make a lifelong commitment to the engineering ideals of integrity, pride and responsibility through the Order of the Engineer.

Professor of Practice Steven Trimble was the first to organize an Order of the Engineer event for his Senior Design class graduates, and it soon grew to be an entire Fulton Schools tradition. Graduating seniors of ABET-accredited engineering programs are eligible for this national organization that aims to foster a unity of purpose for engineers. This commitment is symbolized by a ring you wear on the small finger of your working hand. In addition to our graduating seniors, alumni and industry professionals who are licensed Professional Engineers can also be inducted.

Watch Inner Circle for registration and event info for the Fall 2017 event.

Learn more about Order of the Engineer


Looking for more ways to get involved?

Connect with your peers this semester

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Be an innovator

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