December 05, 2018

SIU Carbondale 2018 fall commencement is Dec. 15

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The academic achievements of nearly 1,300 Southern Illinois University Carbondale students will be celebrated at fall 2018 commencement exercises on Dec. 15. 

The commencement ceremony for all colleges including the SIU School of Law begins at 2 p.m. at the SIU Arena. As of Dec. 1, there are 1,270 candidates for degrees: 969 for bachelor’s degrees, 215 for master’s degrees, 59 for doctoral degrees, 10 for law degrees and 17 for associate degrees.

Media Advisory

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

Significant accomplishment attained

Interim SIU President J. Kevin Dorsey emphasizes that commencement is “so much more” than walking across a stage to receive a diploma. 

“It signifies and celebrates what for many of our students is the first great accomplishment of their adult life,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to pay tribute not just to their personal success, but to thank those who have contributed to their journey.” 

Looking toward the future

In addition to achieving a key milestone, commencement represents a students’ academic accomplishment and readiness for the next phase of their lives “whether it is joining a graduate program or pursuing employment,” Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Meera Komarraju said. 

“Students come to us eager to learn and discover their potential – commencement is a crucial point in this journey and sets them up for next steps,” she said. “As a university community, commencement allows us to celebrate our successful role in our students’ accomplishments and take pride in expanding the footprint of our alumni.”

The commencement ceremony is open to the public and tickets are not required. More information is available at The ceremony will be available via livestream by clicking on the “Watch Live” button on the website.