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Student Preparation

Students who are eligible for graduation will receive updates and instructions from the Commencement staff. All communication will be sent to SIUE email accounts.

To participate in Commencement, you must complete several tasks and meet certain deadlines.

  • Apply for graduation by the first day of the semester in which you expect to complete degree requirements. Starting in 2014, Commencement will be held after spring and fall terms. Summer graduates can participate in spring Commencement if they have applied for summer graduation by the first day of spring term and will be within 9 hours of completing degree requirements at the end of spring term. Summer graduates wishing to participate in commencement may instead choose to participate in the following fall commencement.
  • RSVP for Commencement and order regalia. To participate in Commencement, you must RSVP for the ceremony by the published deadline. Students who do not meet the deadline will not be guaranteed participation in the ceremony. Individual exceptions may be made.
  • Pick up your regalia in the University Bookstore. Please pick up your regalia as early as possible. After you have received your order, please make sure you have everything you need. If there is a problem with your order, contact the University Bookstore at or by calling (618) 650-2132. Regalia should be picked up no later than one week before the ceremony.


For questions, please contact or by calling (618) 650‑2252.

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