Graduation Application

To participate in Commencement, students should have submitted a graduation application to the Office of Records and Registration by Feb. 17, 2023. Additional participation requirements are listed on the Graduates page.

Visit the UIS Commencement Celebration page to see videos, images, watch the live stream, links to virtual commencement gifts and more!

Intent to Participate Form

In order to participate in Commencement, graduates should have completed an Intent to Participate form, which was live March 6-20. Students who did not complete this form by March 20 will not participate in Commencement.

Additional Celebrations for Grads

BA Legal Studies CelebrationMay 3 | 6-8:30 p.m.For more info, contact
Student Affairs Leadership AwardsMay 5 | 2 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Annual spring celebration to recognize the many students at UIS who have made amazing contributions to the UIS community throughout the current academic year
Diversity Center, Women's Center, Gender & Sexuality Student Services CeremonyMay 6 | 1 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Celebrate students from marginalized backgrounds and allies
International Congratulatory CeremonyMay 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Hosted by the International Student Association and International Student Services
CLASS Student Honors Recognition Awards CeremonyMay 12 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Brookens Auditorium
Recognizing students from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
COLRS Recognition EventMay 13 | 9 - 11 a.m.
Student Union Patio
Recognizing UIS online program graduates
Capital Scholars Honors Graduation BreakfastMay 13 | 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Annual celebration recognizing students graduating from the Capital Scholars Honors Program

Commencement News

May 19, 2023
2023 Commencement UIS celebrated its latest Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 13, 2023. It officially culminated our 2022-2023 academic year. If…
Apr 26, 2023
Graduating soon? Congratulations! Federal Regulations require student loan borrowers to complete loan exit counseling upon leaving school. The purpose of…
May 08, 2023
Commencement day is almost here! Please read the following info to be fully informed. When/Where Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m.| Bank of Springfield Center in…
Apr 18, 2023
Less Than One Month until Commencement! Congratulations! You’re almost across the finish line. Please read the following information carefully to…
Apr 03, 2023
Hello, grad--  Today is the deadline to order your Commencement regalia. All students participating in Commencement must wear a black cap and gown (…