WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn about COVID-19's effects on university commencement, along with plans for Fall 2020.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale is among scores of colleges and universities hosting "virtual" commencement ceremonies or other celebrations to honor graduates, as stay-at-home orders remain in place across the country.


Murphysboro High School is planning on celebrating its 2020 seniors with graduation on May 23.

School officials say they're sticking with the original date because they have seniors leaving for the military, college, and jobs in early June.

Anna-Jonesboro High School is hanging onto the possibility of holding graduation for the Class of 2020 on its original date.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is set to confer medical degrees to 65 students and PhDs to three graduate students this weekend.

Dr. Senait Fisseha is the commencement speaker and recipient of this year's Distinguished Alumna Award.

This is high school graduation season across southern Illinois.

It's likely no class was prouder than the one in Cairo, where HUD's closure of two public housing complexes further damaged the already struggling community.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A longtime film and television star is back at SIU-Carbondale this weekend to receive an honorary degree.

Richard Roundtree - who came to fame as the first black action hero in his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 filmĀ  Shaft - will receive a Doctorate of Performing Arts during commencement exercises Saturday, May 12.