About Commencement 2018

Graduating Students Celebrate at the UIS ColonnadeThe 47th annual UIS commencement ceremonies will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center on Saturday, May 12, 2018. There will be two ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The ceremonies will be divided by college.  Information on which College(s) will participate at which ceremony will announced at a later date.

See our Visitors page for directions and information for out of town guests.

Speakers and Marshals


Board of Trustees Representative,
(5:30 ceremony)
University President,
(5:30 ceremony)
UIS Chancellor,
  Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker,


Each year, the faculty and students who comprise each program committee on campus select one graduating student who best exemplifies the goals and spirit of each program.  Those students are then designated as program marshals for the ceremony and may be identified on commencement day by the gold stoles they wear.

The procession is led by the Grand Marshal.  The Grand Marshal is an honorary title conferred each year on a professor by vote of the UIS faculty.  The 2018 Grand Marshal is TBA.

Distance viewing


Tickets are not required for admission into the ceremonies.

Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates. * Denotes by invitation only

Event Location Time Contact
International Student Congratulatory Ceremony
Friday, May 11, 2018
Student Union Ballroom 2:00 p.m. Erika Suzuki
(217) 206-8164
UIS Commencement Celebration
Friday, May 11, 2018
Student Union 5:00-8:00 p.m. Ann Comerford
(217) 206-8611
Chuck Schrage
(217) 206-7390
*COLRS Online Brunch:
Saturday, May 12, 2018
PAC Lower Level (Outside of Former Food Emporium) 9:00 a.m. John Freml
(217) 206-7360
Ceremonies 2018:

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Bank of Springfield Center 12:30 p.m. and
5:30 p.m.
Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730
More events to come…

* Denotes by invitation only