August 13, 2015

Convocation ceremony set for Aug. 21

Faculty, staff and their families are invited to welcome the newest Salukis to campus at New Student Convocation, Friday, Aug. 21, at Saluki Stadium. The convocation, featuring President Randy Dunn and other university officials, begins at 6 p.m., with assembly starting at 5 p.m. 

For faculty, the convocation processional lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. All faculty will meet in the Saluki Stadium Club before lineup. Academic regalia is required for the processional. This is an opportunity to share with SIU’s newest students the focus on student success, scholarship, citizenship, diversity and leadership. 

For the processional, faculty members are requested to provide their acceptance by Monday, Aug. 17, at You can also email your attendance to

The annual new student photo will take place immediately after convocation. 

From 7 to 8:30 p.m., the SIU Alumni Association and Saluki Family Association host the Saluki Family Social in the SIU Arena’s Old National Lounge. From 7:15 to 7:45 p.m., students, faculty and staff can gather with the Marching Salukis, Saluki Shakers, cheerleaders and athletic teams for a “Saluki Pride Pep Rally,” also in the arena. 

Playfair will give everyone a chance to meet one another in a fun, exciting engaging setting with thousands of new students starting at 7:45 p.m. in the arena. The film “Pitch Perfect II” and fireworks cap off the festivities starting at 9 p.m. in Saluki Stadium.