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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.

May 12, 2018 Commencement

Each ceremony should be 2 to 2.5 hours long.

All guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, including ADA accessible seating. The SIU Arena will open 1.5 hours prior to each ceremony for guest seating.

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


If you would like to volunteer to help with commencement please email Vanessa Sneed at Volunteer areas include:

  • Student Seating coordinators
  • Faculty line-up
  • Student line-up
  • Information officers
  • General greeters
  • Guest seating and programs