Welcome Visitors 2014

A UIS Graduate and familyWelcome visitors, to our most cherished tradition. The 43rd University of Illinois Springfield Commencement Ceremony was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, May 17, 2014. The Center is located in downtown Springfield at 9th and Adams streets.


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Special Needs

  • Guests requiring special assistance should make arrangements in advance with Sarah Weaver by calling (217) 206-6666.
  • Wheelchairs for transport will not be available at the PCCC.
  • Graduating students who require special assistance should contact Darlene Harris-Kresse by calling (217) 206-8216.

Directions to the Center

The Center parking ramp is located at the corner of 7th and Washington streets. Other special events are being held downtown on commencement day. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you allow extra time for heavy traffic and parking (parking information can be found below).

  • Coming from the SOUTH on I-55 (St. Louis) Take the 6th St. Exit (#92) to Downtown Springfield. Stay on 6th St.; at Washington St. turn right. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the NORTH on I-55 (Chicago) Take the Clear Lake Avenue Exit (#98). Clear Lake Ave. merges with Jefferson St. Take a left on 7th St. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the EAST on I-72 (Champaign) Continue straight ahead on Clear Lake Ave.; it will merge with Jefferson St. Take a left on 7th St. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the WEST on I-72 (Jacksonville) Take the 6th St. Exit to Downtown Springfield. Stay on 6th St.; at Washington St. turn right. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the CAMPUS Take 11th St. to 6th St. Turn right onto 6th St; at Washington St. turn right. Go one (1) block.

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Downtown Parking

Parking Ramps

  • 7th & Adams – Located next to the Convention Center and Pres. A. Lincoln Hotel
  • 7th & Monroe – Located next to Hilton Hotel
  • 6th & Washington – Located below the Old State Capitol- Open 7am-7pm on weekdays, Sat. 7am-6pm, closed on Sun.
  • 6th & Capital
  • 4th & Washington- 24 hour access
  • 7th & Monroe – Located below Lincoln Library
  • Abraham Lincoln Museum – 7am – 7pm, Wed. night open until 10pm

Parking Lots

  • 4th & Washington

Downtown Hotels

The following hotels may extend discounted rates to family members and friends attending the UIS Commencement Ceremony. Please mention “UIS Commencement” when calling to make reservations.


Downtown Restaurants

  • For detailed information about restaurants in Springfield please contact the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at (800) 545-7300.