CARBONDALE, IL. (WJPF) – Hotels are filling up, restaurants are stocking up in and around Carbondale. It’s graduation weekend for SIU.

Nearly 2,600 individuals will receive a sheepskin.

Things start with the School of Law commencement ceremony Friday at 3:00 PM.

Commencement exercises continue Saturday at 9:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and 5:30 PM.

A few notable people will be receiving honorary doctorates and distinguished service awards. They include Jim and Vicki Blair, more commonly known at home ballgames as “the people with the Saluki dogs” and actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy.