Eligibility to Participate in Commencement
All students who have officially applied to graduate in spring are encouraged to participate in the May ceremony. Please refer to the Commencement Participation policy.
Apply For Graduation
Students should apply for graduation by logging into SalukiNet. The fee to apply for graduation is $50.00. The graduation application fee is non-refundable. Graduation application deadlines are available on the Registrar web site.
Apply via SalukiNet by February 1 to be entered in a drawing for free regalia at Grad Bash.
If the on-line application does not work for you, you will need to submit the paper version of the graduation application form.
Undergraduate students may obtain their application form from the Graduation Office within the Office of the Registrar or the Registrar's web site. The completed application with a check or money order should be sent to: Graduation Office, Student Services Building, Room 0251, Mail Code 4701, Carbondale, IL 62901.
Master’s and PhD degree candidates may obtain their application from the Graduate School or click here to download. The completed application with a check or money order can be sent to: Graduate School, Student Services Building, Room 0310, Mail Code 4716, Carbondale, IL 62901.
Law students may obtain their application form from the Law School Registrar’s Office or click here to download. The completed application with a check or money order should be sent to: Law School Registrar’s Office, 137 Lesar Law Building, SIU School of Law, Mail Code 6804, Carbondale, IL 62901.
When do I need to apply for graduation?
Candidates intending to complete their degree requirements in May 2019 must submit graduation applications by Friday, February 8, 2019.
Candidates intending to complete their degree requirements in August 2019 must submit graduation applications by Friday, June 21, 2019.
The non-refundable fee to apply for graduation is $50.00. For future graduation application deadlines please refer to the Registrar webpage.
If I graduate in August, will my name be printed in the May or December commencement program?
August graduates will be printed in the following December commencement program. August graduates who choose to walk in the May commencement ceremony may request a copy of the December commencement program for their records. Commencement programs can be requested online .
Regalia is required of all graduates. The deadline to order your custom regalia is April 1. You may order your regalia from the University Bookstore in the Student Center or from Herff Jones directly at herffjones.com/college/siuc. Graduates may pick up their custom regalia from the University Bookstore beginning May 6. University Bookstore will be open Saturday, May 11.
Online ordering of regalia is now closed. Please contact the University Bookstore directly to see if a late order is still possible. Go to the University Bookstore on the first floor of the Student Center, or call 618-536-3321. Regalia is required for all Commencement participants.
Doctoral students must order hood and regalia; hood will be delivered to the Troutt-Witmann Center prior to graduation.
We encourage you to return your regalia at the SIU Arena after your ceremony the day of commencement or it can be returned to the University Bookstore in the Student Center.
Students are welcome to wear honor, organization or other affiliation stoles, however, SIU stoles and cords should be displayed above all others.
Active Military, Police Officers and Firefighters
SIU Commencement permits active duty military, police officers and firefighters to wear their dress uniforms instead of traditional cap and gown regalia.