Graduation 2020-21

Southern Illinois University



Graduation 2020-21

SIU School of Law Graduation

Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2020 and Class of 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Saluki Stadium
1415 Arena Drive, Carbondale, IL

Map to Saluki Stadium

Individuals with disabilities are welcomed. Call 618-453-5738 to request accommodations.

Information for Graduates and Guests

Graduates and guests will be directed to park in the two parking lots south of Saluki Stadium (Lots 18 and 56). Designated parking for vehicles with disability plates or placards is available in Lot 18 (south of Saluki Stadium).

Remember, this is a very busy day on campus. Allow extra time to park and arrive at your seat or lineup location.

What to Wear

Business or business-casual attire is appropriate under your academic regalia (cap and gown).

Regalia (Cap and Gown) Information

Regalia is required of all graduates.  

Regalia will be available for pick-up at the School of Law Tuesday,  May 4 – Thursday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Dean’s Suite.

Name Cards/Hoods

You will be given two cards, one for the photographer and one for the reader, you will receive your hood right before you go on the stage.




All guests must have a ticket for admission. 

Tickets will be for specific seats. To ensure social distance between household groups, guests should only sit in the seat designated on their ticket. People from the same household may sit together.

All ceremonies will be broadcast live on YouTube. Guests who are unable to attend in person are encouraged to watch remotely. For supporters who cannot attend Commencement in person, all ceremonies will be available live at


If it's cloudy or rainy, we will proceed with Commencement.  Graduates will be provided clear ponchos to wear over their regalia. Guests should dress appropriately for the weather - warm layers, rain jackets, boots - as necessary. Small umbrellas are permitted in the stands, provided they do not obstruct the view of other guests.


In addition to all the shots your family will take with personal cameras and smartphones, we will also take photos of each graduate. You’ll receive a complimentary color proof within a week, either by mail or email,
with instructions on how to order more.

For health and safety reasons, no one except graduates is allowed on the field during or after Commencement. Guests should plan to meet their graduate outside Saluki Stadium after the Commencement ceremony. There are many great spots to take photos outside Saluki Stadium and all over campus. Please be respectful of social distance and allow space for others.

Flowers and gifts
Bouquets of flowers, SIU memorabilia and other commencement items will be available for purchase inside Saluki Stadium. If you would like to conveniently pre-order flowers, please click here. 

Discouraged items
To be mindful of other guests, balloons, balloon bouquets, signs, and anything that obstructs the view are discouraged. In the event of rain, small umbrellas may be used, provided they do not obstruct the view of other guests.

Noise makers including air horns and cow bells are discouraged.

No alcohol or tobacco products. Outside food and drink may not be brought inside Saluki Stadium. Firearms and fireworks are prohibited.

Pets are not allowed.

All bags may be subject to inspection at all entries to Saluki Stadium.

Lodging and dining after the ceremony
Carbondale has many fine restaurants to celebrate this special occasion, as well as great hotels to house our guests. Please visit the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce website  for more information on dining and lodging.

The Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau’s website is also a helpful resource. Please note many restaurants will have adjusted capacity and procedures to comply with state and local COVID-19 guidelines. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Any questions about commencement may be directed to Judi Ray at