SIUE Virtual Commencement

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Ceremony Opening and Welcome

SOP graduates procession

Ceremony Opening

Welcome to SIUE’s virtual commencement! Please proceed through the ceremony by clicking the side arrows, or selecting specific portions of this virtual event through the drop-down menu at the top of this image. Thank you for joining us online as we honor our spring 2021 graduates.

View the Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Program

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National Anthem

Please stand, if you are able, for the presentation of our flag and "The Star-Spangled Banner," played by the Meridian Brass Quintet and led by Michael Hawkins, a Musical Theater Student in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Platform party at outdoor SOP ceremony
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Dr. P. Denise Cobb, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Larry Heitz portrait
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Honorary Degree Recognition

Congratulations to honorary degree recipient Lawrence Heitz. In 1969, Mr. Heitz claimed the title of “first person to graduate from SIUE with an MBA.” In addition to his impressive career and significant community commitments, he established an award to recognize an SIUE School of Business faculty member for excellence in research and scholarship and is a member of the 2011 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.  

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Distinguished Service Award Recognition

Congratulations to alumna, professor emerita and former SIU Board of Trustees member Dr. Shirley Portwood. An accomplished and prolific writer, researcher and storyteller, this award is bestowed in appreciation for her dedication and service to the University, and the countless students who the longtime educator positively impacted. 


Remarks from the Chancellor

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Chancellor Pembrook's Remarks

Dr. Randy Pembrook is the ninth chancellor of SIUE and an SIUE alumnus. The University community is grateful for his leadership and commitment.


Remarks from the SIU System President

SIU System President, Dan Mahony
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Remarks from the President

Dr. Daniel Mahony is the 10th president of the Southern Illinois University System. His student-focused leadership greatly benefits SIUE.

School of Pharmacy Honors

Dean Luer, Dean
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Remarks from the Dean

Dr. Mark Luer, Dean, School of Pharmacy


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Academic Excellence Award

Awarded to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average over their four years in the program. With over 950 alumni from the first 12 graduating classes we have only had nine students finish with a 4.0 grade point average. This equates to less than 1% of our graduates. This spring we recognize five individuals who achieved this remarkable accomplishment. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Eastman, Kristin Engelhardt, Kristen Ingold, Melinda Jorns and Ryan Moran for receiving this distinguished honor!

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Faculty Excellence Award

Presented to a graduating student who exhibits: academic excellence and a commitment to lifelong learning, has shown evidence of motivation to further the profession, utilizes excellent verbal and written communication skills, has shown leadership via involvement in professional organizations and School of Pharmacy activities, and demonstrates empathy toward and service to others.

Congratulations to Kristen Ingold for receiving this distinguished honor!

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Student Speaker

For each commencement ceremony, one graduate is chosen to speak on behalf of the graduating class. To be selected for this honor, students must not only demonstrate academic success, but they must also exemplify the values of our institution.

Congratulations to Connor McClain, who is receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy.
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Candidates Commissioned as Second Lieutenants and Members of Honor Societies

In the program, you will see that candidates who are Honors Scholars are indicated in the program with a capital “H.” Also listed in your program are graduates who will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Presentation of Graduates

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Introduction of the Class of 2021 School of Pharmacy Graduates

Dr. Mark Luer, Dean, School of Pharmacy
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Presentation of Graduates

Class of 2021 School of Pharmacy Graduates


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Oath of a Pharmacist

Led by Austin Dillon, Doctor of Pharmacy

Conferral of Degrees

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Conferral of Degrees

Chancellor Randy Pembrook confers degrees upon the School of Pharmacy
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Alumni Association

Congratulations Graduates and welcome to the Alumni Association!

Ceremony Closing

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Closing Remarks

Provost Cobb delivers closing remarks

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SIUE Alma Mater

"Hail SIUE"