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Fall classes underway at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students, faculty and staff are on campus for the beginning of the fall 2021 academic semester, which got underway on Monday, Aug. 23.

The first day of classes began with faculty and staff dispersed across campus holding “Ask Me!” signs.

First-year students have been acclimating to campus since moving into their residence hall and/or engaging in the SIUE Experience last week and through the weekend. On Sunday, Aug. 22, the traditional Academic Welcome Ceremony and Parade led students from the Vadalabene Center to Builder’s Plaza on the Stratton Quad. Both the incoming class of 2021 and the incoming class of 2020 participated in a class photo.

The School Night Send Off is a new tradition that launched on Sunday night. Individuals showed their SIUE pride as they drove around campus and offered well wishes to students on the evening before classes began.

As it welcomes students back to campus, the university maintains its commitment to the health and safety of the campus community, with people-focused guidelines in place to ensure students, faculty and staff can safely engage with each other. Details on its COVID-19-related guidelines are available at

PHOTO: Members of the Class of 2025 gathered outside for a group photo.

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