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The December Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 16, in the SIU Arena.

The Commencement ceremony is an important occasion not only for the candidate, but also important for other graduates, families, and friends. Although it is a happy time, it should not be a time of revelry. Conduct by all at the ceremony should be dignified. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the ceremony facilities by degree candidates or by guests. Security personnel will be on hand to deal with alcohol or other distracting objects.

Eligibility to Participate in Commencement

All students who have officially applied to graduate in fall are encouraged to participate in the December ceremony. Graduates who complete their requirements in August of 2017 are also encouraged to participate. Please refer to the Commencement Participation policy.

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, Friday September 15, 2017. If you apply after the initial 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 September 6 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.

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 .

Order Regalia

Regalia is required of all graduates. The deadline to order your custom regalia is November 4. 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 December 11. Doctoral students must order hood and regalia; hood will be delivered to the Troutt-Witmann Center prior to graduation.

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.


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

Active Military, Police Officers and Firefighters

SIU Commencement permits active duty military, police officers and firefighters to wear their dress uniforms instead of traditional cap and gown regalia.