How many guests can graduates invite to the commencement ceremony?
Are Tickets Required?
Is there a difference between Graduation and Commencement?
Is there a Commencement ceremony fee?
Can I get a diploma cover if I do NOT participate in the ceremony?
How do I order my Cap and Gown?
Graduates may invite up to six guests to the ceremony.
At this time, tickets are not required. However, Vadalabene Center capacity is limited, thus, we ask students to limit the number of guests to six. Please note, for Spring Commencement, once the Vadalabene Center is full, guests will be directed to the overflow viewing room where the ceremony will be simulcast.
Yes. Commencement is the ceremony that brings students, faculty and family together to celebrate your graduation. At Commencement, you will receive a diploma cover. Graduation is final confirmation that you have completed all degree requirements. Your diploma will be sent to you after the end of the term once the Office of the Registrar has confirmed that you have completed all degree requirements. The diploma will be mailed to the mailing address on file with SIUE. Check CougarNet to confirm your mailing address to prevent delays.
No. However, all participants are responsible for purchasing their cap and gown.
Yes. Diploma covers for students who do not participate in the Commencement ceremony may be picked up in the Student Service Center in Rendleman Hall, Room 1309.
By completing the Cap and Gown Pre-Order Form by the published deadline, you order your commencement regalia.. It is essential that you pick up and pay for your pre-ordered cap and gown at the University Bookstore by the published deadline. If you do not, we will assume that your plans have changed and that you will NOT be participating in the Commencement ceremony.
Graduate regalia is a different style then undergraduate regalia. Please dress in regalia appropriate for your degree.
Please fill out the Commencement RSVP and select that you need to purchase regalia. Go to the bookstore after regalia pick up has begun and state which items you need.
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 at http://www.gradimages.com/Preregistration Graduates can register up to six people to receive access to their portraits.
After the ceremony, photos may be ordered online at gradimages.com, phone (800) 261‑2576.