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

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, The University of Texas Medical Branch, 1971 and 1974 Alumna
  Donna K. Sollenberger


Board of Trustees Representative,
  Karen Hasara, Trustee
University President,
  Timothy L. Killeen
UIS Chancellor,
  Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker,
  Robyn Nicole Crutchfield


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 Lynn Fisher

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
* Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony:
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Brookens Auditorium 2:00 p.m. Kelly Guerrero
(217) 206-7872
UIS Theatre End of Year Celebration:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
PAC Restaurant 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
(217) 206-6613
* UIS Peoria Center Graduation Reception:
Friday, May 6, 2016
Embassy Suites in East Peoria 6:30 p.m. Rhonda Bussell
(309) 999-4252
IEP Graduation and Reception:
Thursday, May 12, 2016
PAC Restaurant 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Badria Luteify
(217) 206-8577
Diversity Center End of the Year Luncheon:
Friday, May 13, 2016
SLB Gym 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Malayzja Anderson
(217) 206-8422
* College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
Honors Reception:
Friday, May 13, 2016
Brookens Auditorium 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bev Weddle
(217) 206-6512
* PhD Graduation Reception:
Friday, May 13, 2016
PAC Restaurant 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Josiah Alamu
(217) 206-8485
Congratulatory Dinner
Friday, May 13, 2016
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Maricela Arce
(217) 206-6678
* Political Science Department Banquet and Reception (for Political Science Faculty and  Graduates, student may bring family members):
Friday, May 13, 2016
PAC C/D 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Richard Gilman-Opalsky
(217) 206-8328
Bye-Bye UIS
Friday, May 13, 2016
SLB Gym 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Maricela Arce
(217) 206-6678
* Capital Scholars Honors Graduation Breakfast:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 10:00 a.m. – Noon Rowena Vail
(217) 206-8462
Online Graduate Brunch:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
PAC Lower Level (Cafeteria) 10:00 a.m. –
John Freml
(217) 206-7360
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