The academic achievements of more than 860 Southern Illinois University Carbondale students will be celebrated at fall 2017 commencement exercises on Dec. 16.

The commencement ceremony for all colleges including the SIU School of Law begins at 2 p.m. at the SIU Arena. As of Dec. 5, there are 864 candidates for degrees: 662 for bachelor’s degrees, 152 for master’s degrees, 27 for doctoral degrees, 12 for law degrees and 11 for associate degrees.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public and tickets are not required. More information is available at commencement.siu.edu. The ceremony will be available via live stream by clicking on the “Watch Live” button on the commencement.siu.edu website.

Richard J. Mark, president of Ameren Illinois Companies, is the keynote speaker. Mark was appointed president in June 2012 and is responsible for electric and gas distribution to more than 1.2 million electric and 816,000 gas customers across three quarters of Illinois.

— SIU Media Services

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