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Health and Safety

Health & Safety: All ceremonies will be conducted according to the protocols required by the Restore Illinois Plan. Social distancing and masks will be required for all participants, guests, and staff. Students or guests should not attend Commencement if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 (including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath), have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Graduates who are unable to participate due to illness, exposure, or safety concerns may participate in a future Commencement ceremony. All ceremonies will be broadcast live online for those who are unable to attend.

Guest seating will be ticketed and in compliance with local, current pandemic restrictions. Up to four guest tickets will be available for each graduate, free of charge. Please see the Guest Tickets page for more details. Graduates are not required to have tickets. Masks are required for all participants, guests, and staff.

We urge guests to be seated before the processional begins, 15 minutes before the ceremony.

Accessibility

Saluki Stadium is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Seating for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility is located on the lower levels of all sections in the seating bowl. Graduates who need to reserve wheelchair-accessible tickets for guests should call the Ticketing office at 877-SALUKIS. 

Drop off for guests with limited mobility is available at the north end of Lot 18 (near the south entrance to Saluki Stadium), and designated parking for vehicles with disability plates or placards is located in Lot 18 (south of Saluki Stadium) . For more information regarding guests’ special-needs accommodations, contact University Events at 618/453-7424 or email events@siu.edu.

Students with disabilities should contact Disability Support Services at 618/453-5738 to discuss specific accommodations that can be made.

There will be an American Sign Language interpreter at all commencement ceremonies.

Directions to Saluki Stadium

The Saluki Stadium's address is 1415 Arena Drive, Carbondale IL.  Click here to go to Google Map.

Parking

Due to the large crowd anticipated for commencement, we encourage you to arrive early. We will be utilizing Saluki Stadium lots 18 and 56 and lots 52 and 37. Drop off for guests with limited mobility is available at the north end of Lot 18 (near the south entrance to Saluki Stadium), and designated parking for vehicles with disability plates or placards is located in Lot 18 (south of Saluki Stadium).  Click here to access a detailed SIU Campus parking map. 

International Visas

Please contact Center for International Education at (618) 536-7771 for assistance in obtaining an international visa.

Lodging and Dining

Southern Illinois has many fine restaurants to celebrate the special occasion and great lodging to house all of our guests. Please visit the websites below to find various lodging and dining sites in the area surrounding SIU. Please note, many restaurants have adjusted capacity and procedures to comply with state and local COVID-19 guidelines. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Carbondale Convention & Tourism

Carbondale Chamber of Commerce

Touch of Nature Environmental Center offering lodging, hiking, and mountain bike trails

VisitSI - Marion and Williamson County

Shawnee Forest Country in Southernmost Illinois

Enjoy Rend Lake

Enjoy Mt. Vernon

Flowers

A beautiful variety of fresh flowers and gifts will be available to browse and purchase on location on the day of commencement.  If you would like to conveniently pre order, please click the following link: thecommencementgroup.com/siuc.

Photographs

Graduation photography is provided by GradImagesFind your SIU Graduation photos!

Discouraged Items

To be mindful of other guests attending commencement, balloons, balloon bouquets, signs or anything that obstructs the view are discouraged in Saluki Stadium as they may obstruct the view of other guests. Please leave these items in your car. In the event of rain, small umbrellas may be used by guests, provided they do not obstruct the view of other guests. Noise makers including air horns and cow bells are discouraged. No alcohol or tobacco products. Outside food and drink may not be brought inside Saluki Stadium. Firearms and fireworks are prohibited. Pets are not allowed. All bags may be subject to inspection at all entries to Saluki Stadium.