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JALC Announces Plans to Return Graduation and Hunting and Fishing Days to Campus

Published on December 21, 2022

John A. Logan College President, Dr. Kirk Overstreet, has announced the College’s plans to return graduation and the Southern Illinois Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days to the Carterville campus in 2023.

COVID spacing mandates required the College to hold commencement exercises at the Du Quoin Fairgrounds in 2021 and the Marion Pavilion in 2022.  This fall, a parking lot construction project resulted in Hunting and Fishing Days being moved to the Du Quoin Fairgrounds.

“We are extremely thankful to our community partners in Du Quoin and Marion that stepped in and hosted graduation and Hunting and Fishing Days when we could not have them on campus. With the parking lot completed, we are excited to announce that graduation and the nurse pinning ceremonies will return to campus this May and that the celebration of Hunting and Fishing Days will again be on campus in September.”

Overstreet added that bringing the events back to campus has been a priority.

“We want to showcase our campus and let people see what we offer. We also want our students to be able to graduate on their campus. So, while we may have construction or other issues to work around, we wanted to ensure that we returned these events to campus as soon as possible.”

Graduation is tentatively scheduled for May 11, with the Nurse Pinning Ceremony scheduled for May 12. Hunting and Fishing Days will be September 23 and 24.

“The staff is currently in the planning stages of graduation. The ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for May 11. There will be two ceremonies, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, in the Brewer Gymnasium. The ADN and LPN pinning ceremonies will occur at the exact location on May 12,” said Overstreet.

More information on Hunting and Fishing Days will be posted to when available. Visit for more graduation information and to apply for graduation.