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Upcoming Graduation Deadlines & Ceremony Dates


Please note that most students applying to graduate can and should apply online within SalukiNet.  After logging into SalukiNet, go to the Registrar - Academic Records & Graduation task center, then launch the Submit Your Graduation Application Online task to get started.

The online graduation application that is within SalukiNet requires the student to pre-pay the non-refundable graduation application fee with a valid credit or debit card during the application process.  For more information, please be sure to read our detailed instructions on how to apply for graduation.

Once you have applied, you can track the status of your graduation application in SalukiNet by going to the Registrar - Academic Records & Graduation task center and launching the View Your Filed Graduation Application Status task.

More information related to graduation may be found here.




The below calendar includes the most universally-applicable graduation-related deadlines.  Some colleges or departments may have additional specific deadlines that are not shown below, but that candidates in their units must adhere to.  It is the responsibility of graduating students to be aware of and meet any other such deadlines or risk not being able to graduate on time.

Spring Semester 2021

Online graduation application available within SalukiNet  mid-September 2020
Graduation application submission deadline ($50 fee)  Friday, February 12, 2021
Late graduation application submission deadline ($75 fee)  Friday, March 12, 2021
Graduate research paper/thesis/dissertation format check  Friday, April 2, 2021
Graduate research paper/thesis/dissertation submission2 Friday, April 9, 2021
Commencement ceremonies  Saturday, May 8, 2021
Applications evaluated; degrees awarded; diplomas mailed within ten weeks
Completed requirements must be on file1 Friday, June 11, 2021

Summer Session 2021

Online graduation application available within SalukiNet  mid-September 2020
"Early walk" graduation application deadline3  ($50 fee) Friday, March 12, 2021
Graduation application submission deadline ($50 fee)  Friday, June 18, 2021
Graduate research paper/thesis/dissertation format check  Friday, June 25, 2021
Late graduation application submission deadline ($75 fee)  Friday, July 2, 2021
Graduate research paper/thesis/dissertation submission2 Friday, July 2, 2021
Conferral (diploma) date – no Commencement ceremony  Saturday, July 31, 2021
Applications evaluated; degrees awarded; diplomas mailed within ten weeks
Completed requirements must be on file1 Friday, September 3, 2021

Fall Semester 2021

Online graduation application available within SalukiNet  mid-March 2021
Graduation application submission deadline ($50 fee)  Friday, September 10, 2021
Late graduation application submission deadline ($75 fee)  Friday, October 8, 2021
Graduate research paper/thesis/dissertation format check  Friday, November 5, 2021
Graduate research paper/thesis/dissertation submission2 Friday, November 12, 2021
Commencement ceremony  Saturday, December 11, 2021
Applications evaluated; degrees awarded; diplomas mailedwithin ten weeks
Completed requirements must be on file1 Friday, January 14, 2022


1 All undergraduate and graduate degree candidates have five weeks from the end of their graduation application term to ensure that all degree requirements are complete and posted on their SIU academic record.  This includes – but is not limited to – all NR ("Not Recorded") course grades, any required INC ("Incomplete") course grades, and any required work experience or proficiency credit.  Undergraduates must also ensure by this five week deadline that complete official transcripts from any previous post-secondary institutions are on file with the Articulation and Evaluation office.  If you do not meet all degree requirements by the five week deadline, it will be your responsibility to submit a new application with a new application fee by the deadline for the future term in which you then plan to complete your degree requirements.

2 Final approval date, including all corrections.  More information about the submission of these papers is available here.

3 Because there is no August Commencement ceremony for Summer graduates, Summer graduates would normally attend a ceremony held in the following December.  Some Summer graduates – but not Ph.D. students – will be allowed to attend a ceremony in the prior May per the Commencement Participation Policy, though such graduates would have to have their applications submitted by the "early walk" deadline noted.  Summer graduates who will attend in December or who will not attend any ceremony only need to have their applications submitted by the regular deadline noted.