Officials at Southern Illinois University Carbondale announced that the university will hold in-person commencement ceremonies to celebrate spring 2021 and 2020 graduates. The graduation ceremonies will be held outside at Saluki Stadium over a three-day period beginning on Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9. The university plans to hold commencement ceremonies for 2021 graduates on Friday and Saturday. The School of Law will celebrate 2020 and 2021 classes in one ceremony on Friday. Graduates of the Class of 2020 are invited to participate in ceremonies on Sunday. University officials say students and families overwhelmingly want to participate and attend in-person graduation ceremonies. Safety protocols include social distancing, hand sanitizer stations and enhanced cleaning. The university will continue to monitor the pandemic and if conditions are not in favor of holding in-person ceremonies, they will switch to a virtual format. Officials say around 2,000 students will earn their degrees in May and at least 3,000 Salukis earned degrees in 2020. Graduates participating in ceremonies will be assigned seats and guests will be required to have tickets for their assigned seating. Every graduate is allowed up to four tickets, but if space allows, can request additional tickets.