Each year the University of Illinois Springfield celebrates its many outstanding graduates by holding commencement ceremonies at the Bank of Springfield Center in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

The 49th annual UIS commencement ceremonies will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

There will be two ceremonies, at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The ceremonies will be divided by college.

  • Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will participate in the 12:30 p.m. ceremony.
  • Students in the College of Business and Management, College of Education and Human Services, and College of Public Affairs and Administration will participate in the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

Distance Viewing


Tickets are not required for admission into the ceremonies.

Important Information for Graduates

All students planning to participate in commencement ARE REQUIRED to complete the following TWO steps:

  1. Confirm their participation by submitting the online intent to participate via this website between March 9 and March 23.  This step is required, even for those students who are making special cap and gown arrangements (e.g., borrowing a black cap and gown).
  2. Purchase a cap and gown during the “Graduate Salute” held in the UIS Bookstore on the following dates:
    Thursday, March 26 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Friday, March 27 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Saturday, March 28 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Please see Important Information for All Participants for alternatives to purchasing a cap and gown at Graduate Salute.

Additional Information

  • Commencement Letter #1 (pdf)
  • Commencement Letter #2 (pdf) –
  • Commencement Letter #3 (pdf) –

Special Information for International Students

Commencement information for international students (including information for inviting guests) can be found on the International Student Services website.