Each year the University of Illinois Springfield celebrates its many outstanding graduates by holding commencement ceremonies at the Prairie Capital Convention Center (The Center) in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

The 46th annual UIS commencement ceremonies will be held at The Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  There will be two ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The ceremonies will be divided by college.  Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will participate in the 12:30 p.m. ceremony.  Students in the College of Business and Management, College of Education and Human Services, and College of Public Affairs and Administration will participate in the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

Important Information for
2017 Graduates

All students planning to participate in commencement ARE REQUIRED to complete the following TWO steps:

  1. Confirm their participation by submitting an online intent to participate between March 13 and March 27.  Only those who are eligible will be able to submit their intent to participate.  Also, if you are making special cap and gown arrangements (e.g., borrowing a black cap and gown), you MUST still confirm your participation.
  2. Purchase a cap and gown during the “Graduate Salute” to be held in the UIS Bookstore in late March/early April (additional information regarding “Graduate Salute” will be available in coming weeks).

Additional Information:

Commencement Letter #1 (pdf)
Commencement Letter #2 (pdf)
Commencement Letter #3 (coming soon)



UIS Students - Commencement

Special Information for
International Students

Commencement information for international students (including information for inviting guests) can be found on the International Student Services website.


Student Commencement Speaker

The deadline to submit a Student Commencement Speaker Application for the 2017 ceremony will be Noon on Monday, March 27, 2017.


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