The University of Illinois 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, letters will be auto-generated from the Office of Records and Registration’s list of eligible graduating students and emailed to each student’s official UIS email account in early March. This means that you must have submitted your online graduation application to the Office of Records and Registration per their timeline. If a letter is not emailed to you, that means that you are not on the Office of Records and Registration’s list of eligible graduating students. All questions related to these letters should be directed to the Office of Records and Registration (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217/206-7730).
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.