May 05, 2009
Media Advisory -- Commencement
Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover this week’s graduation ceremonies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. More than 3,400 professional, graduate and undergraduate students are candidates for degrees.
Many times out-of-town guests turn to local media outlets to confirm commencement schedules. We would appreciate your help in sharing this schedule with your audiences. Graduation ceremonies are open to the public, and tickets are not required.
Thursday, May 7
School of Law
4:30 p.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. Vanita M. Banks, immediate past president of the National Bar Association and legal counsel with Allstate Insurance Co. Alexander M. Fine, Williamson County public defender, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Barbara Lesar, a longtime supporter of the University, will receive a Distinguished Service Award.
Graduate School -- Doctoral candidates
7 p.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. Traditionally, there is no guest speaker for the program.
Friday, May 8
Graduate School -- Master’s degree candidates
10 a.m. -- SIU Arena. Traditionally, there is no guest speaker for the program. Master’s degree candidates from the various colleges will receive their degrees.
College of Education and Human Services
1:30 p.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. Ceremonies for majors in athletic training, exercise science, physical education teaching, communication disorders and sciences, rehabilitation services, social work, and workforce education and development. Edgar E. Roulhac, vice provost for academic services at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore since 1993, will give the address for both COEHS commencement ceremonies, and receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
4 p.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. Ceremonies for majors in art, biological sciences, early childhood education, elementary education, English, French, German, history, mathematics, Spanish, special education, health education, and recreation.
College of Business
7 p.m. -- SIU Arena. Rick E. Winningham, chief executive officer of Theravance, Inc., in South San Francisco, will give the address and receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
Saturday, May 9
College of Science
8:30 a.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. James D. Lightner, president and CEO of Orion Energy Partners in Denver, will give the address and receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
College of Engineering
8:30 a.m. -- SIU Arena.
Slade O’Keefe, vice president of engineering and construction with Bluff City Materials, Inc., of Bartlett, will give the address and receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
College of Agricultural Sciences
11 a.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. Gregory W. Webb, vice president of state government relations with Archer Daniels Midland Co., will give the address and receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
College of Mass Communication and Media Arts
1:30 p.m. -- Shryock Auditorium. Leonard J. Baldyga, who served more than three decades in foreign service in Washington, D.C., and overseas, will give the address and receive the Alumni Achievement Award. He is a senior consultant for central and east European programs at the International Research and Exchanges Board.
College of Applied Sciences and Arts
2 p.m. -- SIU Arena. Ceremonies for majors in architectural studies, fashion design and merchandising, interior design, automotive technology, aviation technologies, aviation management, and aviation flight. Camelle Wilson Logan, executive vice president of CORE Education and Consulting Services in Roswell, Ga., will give the address for both CASA commencement ceremonies and receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
5:30 p.m. -- SIU Arena. Ceremonies for majors in dental hygiene, health care management, mortuary science and funeral services, radiologic sciences, physical therapist assistant, electronic systems technologies, fire service management, information systems technologies, and technical resource management.
Sunday, May 10
College of Liberal Arts
1:30 p.m. -- SIU Arena. Ceremonies for majors in administration of justice, anthropology, art and design, economics, English, foreign languages and literature, geography and environmental resources, History, linguistics, mathematics and music.
5 p.m. -- SIU Arena. Ceremonies for majors in paralegal studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, speech communications, theater, and University studies.