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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.

Carbondale Convention & Tourism

Touch of Nature

VisitSI - Marion and Williamson County

Shawnee Forest Country in Southernmost Illinois

Enjoy Rend Lake

Enjoy Mt. Vernon

Directions to the SIU Arena

The Banterra Center'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 Banterra Center lots 18 and 56 and lots 52 and 37. Lot 52 will be ADA parking only. Click here to access a detailed SIU Campus parking map. Click here to see a May Commencement Parking graphic.

International Visas

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


Graduate seating will be on the floor of the Banterra Center (formerly SIU Arena). All colleges will sit together, but there will not be a certain order on the floor within each college. Students will not line up alphabetically, but will line up with their college. All doctoral degree candidates will sit together with their faculty in front of the undergraduate and master’s degree candidates.

Guest seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no ticketing system implemented, but we urge guests to be seated before the processional begins, 15 minutes before the ceremony.


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:


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