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Commencement Etiquette

We are pleased to welcome guests to SIUE to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. To ensure a pleasant experience for all guests and graduates, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines.

Seating in the Vadalabene Center is Limited

To ensure sufficient seating, we ask that each student bring no more than six guests. The ceremonies will be broadcast online at for guests who are not able to attend. For Spring Commencements only, once seating has reached capacity, guests will be directed to the overflow room where the ceremony can be viewed by video. Late arrivals also will be directed to the overflow room.

Guests Must Remain Seated

Guests are asked to remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony and not leave early. Guests will not be permitted to stand in aisles/walkways/doorways during the ceremony.


Bullhorns and noisemakers are not permitted at the ceremonies and will be confiscated.


Guests may take photos from their seats, but will not be permitted to approach the stage or stand in walkways and/or aisles. For the safety of all of our guests, walkways/aisles must be kept clear at all times.

GradImages is the authorized photographer for Commencement. All graduates will have their photo taken as they receive their diploma covers, a posed photo with their diploma as they leave the platform, and a formal portrait.

You may pre-register with GradImages a Graduates can register up to six people to receive access to their portraits.

After the ceremony, photos may be ordered online at, phone (800) 261‑2576.

Presentation of Colors

Men should remove their caps, and all guests should stand during the presentation of the flag and the National Anthem.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

To ensure that all guests enjoy the graduation activities, cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned to silent mode.

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