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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. There is a $60 application fee.  This fee does not cover the cost of regalia. 
  • RSVP for Commencement and order regalia. To participate in commencement, use the button on the top left of this page to 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 Cougar Store. 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 Cougar Store at or by calling (618) 650-2132. Regalia should be picked up no later than one week before the ceremony.
  • Watch your SIUE email for more information. Graduates will be sent instructions and other important information to their SIUE email accounts.

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

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