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December 15, 2022

Media advisory: Fall commencement, ROTC commissioning

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover Southern Illinois University Carbondale students celebrating milestones Friday and Saturday.

Fall commencement will be on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Banterra Center, starting at 11 a.m. The academic achievements of more than 900 students will be recognized. More information is available at

On the day before (Friday, Dec. 16), two members of SIU’s Air Force ROTC will officially accept their appointments as second lieutenants in the Air Force during a commissioning ceremony from 3-5 p.m. at Morris Library Hall of Presidents and Chancellors. The new officers will take an oath of office, pin on their rank and exchange the traditional first salute with an enlisted member of any military branch of their choice.

If you are interested in covering either or both ceremonies, please contact Kim Rendfeld, director of communications, at 765-426-3650 (cell) or