About Commencement 2016

The 45th UIS commencement ceremony will be held on May 14, 2016, at 4 p.m., at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield, 9th and Adams streets. See our Visitors page for directions and information for out of town guests. Graduating Students Celebrate at the UIS Colonnade

Speakers and Marshals

Commencement Address





Each year, the faculty and students who comprise each program committee on campus select one graduating student who best exemplifies the goals and spirit of each program.  Those students are then designated as program marshals for the ceremony and may be identified on commencement day by the gold stoles they wear.

The procession is led by the Grand Marshal.  The Grand Marshal is an honorary title conferred each year on a professor by vote of the UIS faculty.  The 2016 Grand Marshal is TBD

Distance viewing


Tickets are not required for admission into the ceremony.

Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates. * Denotes by invitation only

Event Location Time Contact
Commencement 2016:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Prairie Capital Convention Center 4:00 p.m. Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730
More events to come…

* Denotes by invitation only