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December 2020 Commencement

Based on what we know today under the Restore Illinois plan, we will not be able to hold an in-person December 2020 commencement ceremony. We are looking at options for a virtual commencement ceremony and plan to offer an opportunity to participate in a face-to-face commencement in the future.

Portraits for Graduation!

Get professional portraits taken with your own commencement regalia or business dress!  Portrait Days are Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the SIU Student Center, Mississippi Room.  Click to schedule your appointment.

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.

August 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 August 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 August 2020 and can not access this link, please let the Career Development Center know at 618.453.2391 or

Survey link:

Latin Honors Medallions

To request a Latin Honors medallion mailed to you, please fill out our form.

Medallions for Fall 2020 graduates will not be available until November 2020.

Qualification for honors will be confirmed before sending medallions.