About Commencement 2009
The 38th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 16, 2009, 2pm, 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.
- Read Dr. Holden’s address
- Read graduate student Paul Gesterling’s remarks
- Read Chancellor Ringeisen’s remarks
Dr. Matthew Holden, Jr., recently named the first Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS, will be the speaker at our 38th commencement ceremony.
It is particularly exciting in this bicentennial year of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, following the 100th anniversary of the Springfield Race Riots, that Dr. Holden is our speaker. Among Holden’s wide-ranging scholarly interests is the issue of politics and race. His 1974 book, The White Man’s Burden, was a classic in the early political scholarship on race and politics. Other areas of research interest are public administration and policy, public law, and urban politics.
His newest book, yet to be published, is titled The World and the Mind of Isaiah T. Montgomery: The Greatness of a Compromised Man, which examines the lone African American delegate in the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890. Holden received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.
A student representative, a representative of the Board of Trustees, the University president, and UIS Chancellor Ringeisen.
Each year, the faculty and students from each academic program choose a graduating student to serve as program marshal. These students, who best exemplify the goals and spirit of their programs, are identifiable at the ceremony by the gold stoles they wear.
The grand marshal who leads the commencement procession is a faculty member, chosen each year by a vote of his or her colleagues.
- Marshals Rehearsal for Commencement
Wednesday, May 13, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- For info, call Aleta Carlberg, 217- 206- 8295
- The ceremony will be webcast
live on the UIS website.
- Download the order form (pdf) to purchase
a DVD of the ceremony.
Tickets will not be required for admission into the ceremony. Additional information regarding special needs seating will be forthcoming in future correspondence.
Check back here frequently for updates.
|Thursday, April 23, 2009|
|Volunteer Recognition Dinner “Good As Gold”||Sangamon Auditorium – PAC Lobby||4:30 to 6:00 p.m.||Kelly Thompson
|Saturday, April 25, 2009|
|Kappa Delta Pi, Teacher EducationInitiation/Installation Ceremony||PAC Restaurant||5:00 p.m.||Dean’s office
|Saturday, May 1, 2009|
|*Student Leadership Recognition Reception||Hoogland Center for the Arts||2:00 p.m.||Cynthia Thompson
|Sunday, May 3 , 2009|
|CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Ceremony||Brookens Auditorium||1:30 p.m.||Angie Pezold
|Lavender Graduation||PAC Restaurant||3:00 p.m.||Beth Hoag
|Wednesday, May 6, 2009|
|Chemistry Graduation BBQ||Patio Area behind HSB||12:00 p.m.||Harshavardhan Bapat
|Friday, May 8, 2009|
|* Peoria Graduation Reception||Embassy SuiteEast Peoria||6:30 p.m.||Jana Wise
|Saturday, May 9, 2009|
|Sigma Phi Omega, Gerontology HonorSociety – Annual Picnic||Lincoln Park||12:00-2:00 p.m.||Carolyn Peck
|Wednesday, May 13, 2009|
|Late Night Breakfast||Food Emporium||9:00 to 10:30 p.m.||Cynthia Thompson
|Marshals Rehearsal||Studio Theater||5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.||Aleta Carlberg
|Friday, May 15, 2009|
|Open House honoring graduating students
(Open to all COM majors)
|COM department hallway in UHB – 3rd Floor||3:00 to 4:00 p.m.||Mary Bohlen
|CLAS Honors Reception||UHB First Floor Lounge||4:00 to 6:00 p.m.||Terry Bodenhorn
|CLAS Awards Ceremony – Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science||UHB 2034||5:00 p.m.||Terry Bodenhorn
|CLAS Awards Ceremony – All other Departments||UHB 2008||5:00 p.m.||Terry Bodenhorn
|*Political Studies-Pi Sigma Alpha Awards Dinner||PAC C/D||6:00 p.m.||Stacey Romager
|Saturday, May 16, 2009|
|Online Degree Graduation BrunchReservations are required. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/uisbrunchFor more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/cq7bt9||PAC Lobby||10:00 to 11:30 a.m.||Mary Caroline Mitchell
|*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast/Brunch||PAC Food Emporium||9:00 a.m. – Noon||Rowena Vail
|*College of Education & Human ServicesGraduation Reception||Saputo Twins Corner Restaurant||Immediately following Commencement||Dean’s office