December 13, 2013

Media Advisory -- Commencement

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. in the SIU Arena. Nearly 1,800 professional, graduate and undergraduate students are candidates for degrees.

The commencement ceremony is open to the public and tickets are not required. More information about the ceremony is available at

James M. Rosser, a three-degree graduate and former faculty member of SIU Carbondale, will be the keynote speaker. At the time of his retirement as the sixth president of California State University, Los Angeles, on June 30, Rosser was the longest serving four-year public university president in the nation.  Rosser began his tenure at California State University in 1979.