December 04, 2013

Media Advisory -- SIU off-campus graduation

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s distance education and off-campus program will hold its first Springfield workforce education and development graduation ceremony at Lincoln Land Community College on Friday, Dec. 6.

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend the ceremonies at Trutter Center, 2450 Foundation Drive, Springfield, Ill., which is on the community college campus.  The pre-ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with commencement starting at 7 p.m.

James S. Allen, SIU Carbondale’s associate provost for academic programs, is the keynote speaker.  Sixteen of the 20 students who are earning bachelor’s degrees in education with a workforce education and development specialization will participate in the ceremonies. The off-campus program in Springfield offers a bachelor’s degree in Education -- Training and Development.  There are currently about 50 students in the university’s program at Lincoln Land Community College.

For more information on the ceremony, contact Marie Vicher, the university’s distance and off-campus program academic coordinator in Springfield, at 217/303-5855 or by email at

SIU Carbondale’s distance education and off-campus program also offers degrees in aviation management, elementary education, fire service management, health care management, industrial technology and technical resource management. Workforce education and development has 15 off-campus locations throughout the United States, including several military bases.

For more information about SIU Carbondale’s distance education and off-campus programs, contact Gayla Stoner, program director, at 618/453-3430 or by email at