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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.

Information for Graduates and Guests for the May 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

All ceremonies are expected to be to be 2 to 2 1/2 hours in length. Guest seating does NOT require tickets; all guest seating, including ADA, is first-come, first-served.

The SIU Arena will open 90 minutes prior to the beginning of each ceremony.  Students are asked to be in place AT LEAST 45 minutes prior to the ceremony start.  Procession will begin 15 minutes before ceremony start time.

Undergraduate and Master's candidates will report to the northeast parking lot (Lot 89) of the SIU Arena to line up. Staff will be there for assistance.

Doctoral candidates and MFA Candidates and their faculty will meet in the Troutt-Wittmann Academic Center for processional line-up.

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.

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May 11, 2019 Commencement

9:00 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 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.

To volunteer with Commencement, please sign up here.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Academic Excellence (Friday, May 10)
  • Forever SIU (Friday, May 10)
  • Greeters
  • Assisting with student line-up
  • Assisting with faculty line-up
  • Ushers
  • Information stations