University of Illinois at Springfield has a commencement ceremony, which is held every year in May. This ceremony is for all students that have graduated in the previous summer or fall semester, or will potentially graduate in the current spring semester. You are allowed to participate in the program only once and only during the year that you are eligible to do so.
If you are planning to participate in the Commencement Program (grad walk) this semester, please view the Commencement Etiquette document which explains the difference between graduation and commencement as well as important etiquette guidelines for the ceremony. You will also want to visit the UIS Graduation website. Please make sure that you arrive to the ceremony early.
If you plan to invite family members from outside the U.S. who need invitation letters, you can write such a letter to them and include the date of the graduation ceremony, the degree and major that you are receiving, and list the person’s name, citizenship, date of birth and relationship to you. If they need additional confirmation from the university, you can pick up such a letter from the ISS office beginning March 1 for May graduation. The letters will be auto-generated from the Registrar’s Office’s list of eligible graduating students. This means that you must have submitted your graduation application to the Office of the Registrar per their timeline.
Beginning March 1, students can pick the letters up in person from our office or mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to “International Student Services, attn: graduation letter, HRB 52, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL 62703” if you want us to mail it to you. Be mindful that ISS is only distributing the letters. If there is no letter for you, that means that you are not on the Registrar’s Office’s list of eligible graduating students.
If your family members are unable to attend but have access to the internet, they can watch the live webcast the day of the ceremony.