December 09, 2014

Fall commencement ceremony is Saturday

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Commencement exercises for fall 2014 graduates at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are set for Saturday, Dec. 13. 

The commencement ceremony for all colleges begins at 2 p.m. at the SIU Arena. As of Dec. 8, there are 1,606 candidates for degrees: 1,146 for bachelor’s degrees, 361 for master’s degrees, 66 for doctoral degrees, 16 for law degrees, and 17 for associate degrees.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony.

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

Donald F. McHenry, who served as ambassador and United States permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Cabinet, will deliver the keynote address. He served in those posts from September 1979 to January 1981. Prior to that, he was ambassador and United States deputy representative to the United Nations Security Council from 1977 to 1979. 

McHenry earned a master’s degree in political science and speech from SIU Carbondale in 1959 and also an honorary doctor of law degree from the university in 1980.  McHenry, a native of St. Louis, who grew up in East St. Louis, earned his bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Illinois State University. 

Additional information on McHenry is available at