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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.

Ceremony Times for Saturday, May 9, 2020

9 a.m. Ceremony

College of Agricultural Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science
School of Medicine

1:30 p.m. Ceremony

College of Business
College of Education and Human Services

5:30 p.m. Ceremony

College of Applied Sciences and Arts
College of Engineering
College of Mass Communication and Media Arts


Commencement is a major event, and we are always looking for volunteers from current students, faculty and staff, community members, and alumni. Volunteers are an important part of making graduation day special for all our newest Saluki alumni and their families.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Greeters
  • Assisting with student line-up
  • Assisting with faculty line-up
  • Ushers
  • Information stations

Please use our Volunteer Sign Up page if you are interested in volunteering during commencement.