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December 2020 Commencement

The December 2020 commencement ceremony was presented virtually on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. 

Please note that when we are able to have an in-person Commencement ceremony in the future, 2020 graduates will be invited to participate. 


SIU 2020 Graduate Graphics for You!

Earning a degree is an important milestone, and we want to help you celebrate! Click for graphics you can use on social media to let the whole world about your accomplishments (or the graduate you’re celebrating). We’ve included unique designs for graduating students as well as the people who love and support them. You’ll also find print-ready templates for banners you can create at home or bigger projects – like yard signs – you can take to your local print shop. Whether you’re celebrating virtually or with a small group at home, we hope these tools will help you create special memories of your graduation.

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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.

2020 Career Services Graduation Survey

SIU is in the process of collecting post graduation plans through the SIU graduation survey. If you are graduating in 2020, we would love to know what you plan to do next! This information helps your departments and SIU know how to plan for future Salukis!

Note: This link will only work for students who have applied for graduation by a certain date. If you graduated in 2020 and can not access this link, please let the Career Development Center know at 618.453.2391 or

Survey link: