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General Information

The May Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12 in the SIU Arena, 1400 Arena Drive, Carbondale, IL.

The Commencement ceremony is an important occasion not only for the candidate, but also important for other graduates, families, and friends. Although it is a happy time, it should not be a time of revelry. Conduct by all at the ceremony should be dignified. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the ceremony facilities by degree candidates or by guests. Security personnel will be on hand to deal with alcohol or other distracting objects.

Directions to the SIU Arena

You can find directions to the SIU Arena here. The Arena's address is 1400 Arena Drive, Carbondale IL.  Click here to go to Google Map.


Due to the large crowd anticipated for commencement, we encourage you to arrive early. We will be utilizing SIU Arena lots 18 and 56 and lots 52 and 37. Lot 52 will be ADA parking only. Click here to download a detailed SIU Campus parking map. Click here to see a Commencement Parking graphic.

Special Needs

The SIU Arena is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please click here for a diagram of the parking with accessible parking noted.

Students: For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 618/453-5738. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Guests: Please contact the Office of University Events and Protocol (618-453-7424) for information on accessibility. Reservations are not required, all guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign language interpreting will be provided at all ceremonies.

Please contact the Office of University Events and Protocol (618-453-7424) for if you need specific accommodations made.