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Non-Traditional Graduation Celebration

The Kimmel Student Involvement Center, the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will host SIUE's Non-Traditional Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 5pm - 7pm in the Mississippi/Illinois Rooms in the Morris University Center.

What is the Non-Traditional Graduation Celebration?

This ceremony is for nontraditional students who are graduating in Spring or Summer 2019 with their undergraduate degree.  The SIUE community would like to take the time to celebrate YOU by honoring your milestone accomplishment with a small recognition ceremony. The ceremony will be an intimate event to show you all that SIUE cares and appreciates the journey you endured to obtain your Bachelor's Degree!

Graduates and their guests will be served a light dinner.  The graduates will also receive a graduation cord to wear with their cap and gown
during their commencement.  Please note, this celebration does not take the place of the official commencement ceremonies on May 10th and 11th.

Only students who have registered by Friday, April 26 at 4:30pm are guaranteed to be listed in the program, receive their recognition certificate and graduation cords.

Registration is now open and can be done here:

Registration will close on Friday, April 26 at 4:30pm.  No exception.  No additional participants will be added after this date.  After you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Kelly Jo Karnes at some point prior to the ceremony with details/expectations for the event.


Who is a Nontraditional Student?

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has identified seven characteristics that are common to nontraditional students. To be considered a nontraditional undergraduate, you:

  • Did not immediately continue your education after you graduate from high school
  • Attend college only part time
  • Work full time (35 hours or more per week)
  • Are financially independent
  • Have children or dependents other than your spouse
  • Are a single parent
  • Have a GED, not a high school diploma
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