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Commencement University of Illinois Springfield

Commencement Ceremony 2015

Processional

Pomp and Circumstance Nos. I and IV by Elgar
(Audience is asked to remain seated during the processional)
Merrill Ted Mims, Grand Marshal*
Platform Party
Faculty
Students

Musical Selections

Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
Illinois, Illinois by Archibald Johnson/Charles Chamberlin
Performed by Denise Yates, 1996 and 1998 Alumna

Opening Remarks

Susan J. Koch, Chancellor

Greetings from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees

Edward L. McMillan, Chairman

Greetings from the President

Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois

Introduction of Commencement Speaker

Susan J. Koch, Chancellor

Commencement Address

Thom M. Serafin, Founder and CEO, Serafin and Associates, Inc.
1973 and 1993 Alumnus

Introduction of Student Commencement Speaker

Clarice Ford, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Remarks to Fellow Graduates

Blake Hudson, Class of 2015

Presentation of Doctoral Degree Candidate

Lynn Pardie, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Conferring of Doctoral Degree

Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois

Presentation of Master’s Degree Candidates

Lynn Pardie, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Conferring of Master’s Degrees

Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois

Presentation of Bachelor’s Degree Candidates

Lynn Pardie, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Conferring of Bachelor’s Degrees

Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois

Presentation of Graduates

(See “Student Walk Order” section in the commencement program for the sequence in which students will walk across the stage) **

College of Business and Management
College of Education and Human Services
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Public Affairs and Administration

Presidential Transition

Edward L. McMillan, Chairman, University of Illinois Board of Trustees

Closing Remarks

Susan J. Koch, Chancellor

Recessional

Pomp and Circumstance Nos. I and IV by Elgar
(Students and audience are asked to remain seated during the recessional)
Merrill Ted Mims, Grand Marshal*
Platform Party
Faculty

* Grand Marshal is an honorary title conferred each year on a professor by
vote of the UIS faculty.
** Graduates’ names are read by Amanda Vinicky, WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief,
and Tim Schweizer, Public Service Administrator, Illinois Department of
Natural Resources.

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