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Where can I get information about commencement exercises?

All activities related to Commencement are managed by the Office of University Events and Protocol, Anthony Hall Room 104, (618) 453-7424. Please refer to the commencement web site for more information,

How do I apply for graduation?

Students should apply for graduation by logging into SalukiNet. The fee to apply for graduation is $50.00 if you apply within the initial deadline (extended to February 13, 2017). If you apply after the initial deadline, but before the final deadline, the application is considered late and the fee will be $75.00.  The graduation application fee is non-refundable.  Graduation application deadlines are available on the Registrar webpage

Apply via Salukinet by January 27 to be entered in a drawing for free regalia at Grad Bash.

If the on-line application does not work for you, you will need to submit the paper version of the graduation application form.

Undergraduate students may obtain their application form from the Graduation Office within the Office of the Registrar or the Registar's website.  The completed application with a check or money order should be sent to: Graduation Office, Student Services Building, Room 0251, Mail Code 4701, Carbondale, IL 62901.

Master’s and PhD degree candidates may obtain their application from the Graduate School or from the Graduate School's website. The completed application with a check or money order can be sent to: Graduate School, Student Services Building, Room 0310, Mail Code 4716, Carbondale, IL  62901.

Law students may obtain their application form from the Law School Registrar’s Office or from the Law School Registrar’s Office website. The completed application with a check or money order should be sent to: Law School Registrar’s Office, 137 Lesar Law Building, SIU School of Law, Mail Code 6804, Carbondale, IL  62901.

When do I need to apply for graduation?

The regular deadline to submit graduation applications for all candidates intending to complete their degree requirements in MAY 2017 is Monday, February 13, 2017.  The non-refundable fee to apply for graduation is $50.00.  For future graduation application deadlines please refer to the Registrar webpage.

If I graduate in August, will my name be printed in the May or December commencement program?

August graduates will be printed in the following December commencement program.  August graduates who choose to walk in the May commencement ceremony may request a copy of the December commencement program for their records.  Commencement programs can be requested online . 

How do I order my regalia (cap and gown)?

The deadline to order your custom regalia is April 1. You may order your regalia from the University Bookstore in the Student Center or from Herff Jones directly at ( Graduates may pick up their custom regalia from the University Bookstore beginning May 8.


Students are welcome to wear honor, organization or other affiliation stoles, however, SIU stoles and cords should be displayed above all others.

Where can I order graduation announcements, invitations, cap and gown, etc?

Those can be ordered through Herff Jones.

Do my guests need tickets for commencement?

No. Tickets are not required for any commencement ceremony at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

It’s commencement day. Where do I go, and when?

All graduating students are required to report to the SIU Arena 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. This is important because the academic procession actually leaves the line-up site fifteen minutes before the start of the ceremony. Graduates arriving late may not be seated on the floor with their college or degree. Late arrivals may be seated to the side of the stage. 

  • Undergraduate and Master's candidates will meet in the tent located in the parking lot immediatley north of the Arena.   
  • Doctoral candidates, MFA candidates, and hooding faculty will meet in the Troutt-Wittmann Academic Center for processional line-up.  Faculty Doctoral Advisers walking with a doctoral candidate should line-up with their doctoral candidate at the Troutt-Wittmann Academic Center.
  • Faculty members will meet in the Tedrick Auditorium.

What do I do with personal items during the ceremony?

SIU does not provide a secure location for graduates to leave purses, bags, jackets, and other personal items and is not responsible for items left unattended. Given the seating arrangement, you may not be seated in the same chair after receiving your scroll or diploma, so do not plan to leave personal items under your chair. Please make arrangements beforehand for a friend or family member to care for your belongings during the ceremony.

How long does the ceremony usually last?

Typically the ceremony will last 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Will there be a sign language interpreter?

Yes, there will be an interpreter at all commencement ceremonies.

I am unable to pick up my cap and gown during the designated hours. Can someone pick it up for me?

 Yes, as long as that student has your permission. Verification will be required.

Are there any other items I need the day of commencement?

You will need to pick up your name card that will be used during the commencement. It is important to pick up these name cards prior to your commencement and bring them with you the day of commencement. PhD and MFA students will receive their reader/name card the day of the ceremony when they check-in at the Troutt-Wittmann Academic Center. Beginning May 8, readers cards are available when you pick up your regalia at the University Bookstore or at the SIU Arena Ticket office.  The cards will be available the day of the ceremony in the First-Middle Illinois Bank Lounge on the lower level of the arena beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Will there be any photographs of me taken?

Yes. Grad Images will be at commencement and will take a picture of each graduate as they receive their scroll or diploma and as they leave the platform. The company will mail or email a complimentary color proof to you within a week, along with instructions to order additional prints.

What is available for guests with special needs?

The SIU Arena is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reservations are not needed for special-needs seating; seating is first-come, first-served. Southern Illinois University welcomes participants with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 618/453-5738. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. There also will be a sign-language interpreter at all commencement ceremonies.

Special needs parking is available right in front of the SIU Arena. No reservation or pass is required. Please click here for a diagram of the parking with accessible parking noted.

What do I wear?

Business or business-casual attire is appropriate under your academic regalia (cap and gown). The Commencement Team requests your help in upholding the dignity and tradition of our Commencement by avoiding any action that may be distracting or inappropriate to other graduates or guests.

Will gifts for the graduates be available for purchase the day of commencement?

Several vendors will have for sale fresh flowers, diploma frames, SIU apparel, and other commemorative graduation gifts.  If you would like to conveniently pre order flowers, please click the following link:

Where do I return my regalia?

We encourage you to return your regalia at the SIU Arena after your ceremony the day of commencement or it can be returned to the University Bookstore in the Student Center.

When will I receive my diploma?

Pending successful completion of your degree requirements and after all outstanding financial obligations to the University have been met, you will receive your diploma via United State Postal Service. Doctoral graduates will receive their diploma at the ceremony, if all financial obligations to the University have been met. You may monitor the status of your graduation application in SalukiNet by going to the MyRecords tab and looking for the "Status of Filed Graduation Application(s)" channel in the right-most column of that tab. If you have changed your diploma address (changing your address on Salukinet does not change where your diploma is mailed), please email the Graduation Office staff at