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University Commencement

Commencement at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a time of celebration for our students, their families and friends, and our faculty and staff. All of our graduates reflect that our University truly is one destination for every journey, and we appreciate being part of their journeys. We are proud of our graduates and thank them for their many contributions to our University and our communities.

Our history of excellence dates to our humble beginnings in 1874 as a small teachers college.  Today, SIU Carbondale is a thriving world-class research university attracting students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.  In fact, SIU Carbondale is one of only 199 institutions nationwide classified as a research university – and there are 4,400 higher education institutions in this country!

Our students have the benefit of learning from leaders in their field, faculty who focus on teaching and mentorship as they pursue essential research.  They are passionate advocates for all who want to learn.

We have every confidence that with their talent, energy and creative spirit, our graduates will make meaningful contributions to the global society.  Congratulations to our graduates and their families.

Download a copy of the 2016 May Commencement Brochure

Important Dates

January 29 Deadline to apply for Graduation via Salukinet to be entered in drawing for free regalia rental
February 3, 2-4 p.m.    Grad Bash- The One-Stop Shop for All Things Commencement, SIU Student Center Ballrooms
February 12 Deadline to apply for May 2016 graduation
April 1 Deadline to order regalia (cap and gown)
May 9 Regalia and readers cards pick-up begins
May 13, 7 p.m. Forever SIU, SIU Student Center
May 14 Commencement, SIU Arena
                                      9 a.m.      College of Agricultural Sciences                                                                                 
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science
School of Medicine
                                     1:30 p.m.     College of Business
College of Education and Human Services
                                     5:30 p.m. College of Applied Sciences and Arts
College of Engineering
College of Mass Communication and Media Art