About Commencement 2017

The 46th annual UIS commencement ceremonies will be held at The Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  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.

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

Speakers and Marshals


Board of Trustees Representative,
Edward L. McMillan
(5:30 ceremony)
University President,
Timothy L. Killeen
(5:30 ceremony)
UIS Chancellor,
Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker,
Alexander William Camp


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 2017 Grand Marshal is Kristi Barnwell.

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
*UIS Peoria Center
Graduation Reception
Friday, April 28, 2017
Embassy Suites, East Peoria 6:30 p.m. Rhonda Bussell
(309) 999-4252
*Black Graduation 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
SLB Gymnasium 2:00 p.m. Justin J. Rose
(217) 206-6334
Late Night Breakfast
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
PAC Lower Level (Food Emporium) 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Cynthia Thompson
(217) 206-4762
Congratulatory Ceremony
Friday, May 12, 2017
SLB Gymnasium 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Erika Suzuki
(217) 206-6678
CLAS Honor’s Reception
Friday, May 12, 2017
Brookens Auditorium 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Bev Weddle
(217) 206-6512
*Reception for Public Health Program Graduates
Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dr. Josiah Alamu
(217) 206-8485
*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 8:30 (Registration)9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Rowena Vail
(217) 206-8462
*Online Degree Graduation Brunch:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
PAC Lower Level (Food Emporium) 9:00 a.m. – Noon John Freml
(217) 206-7360
Ceremonies 2017:

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Prairie Capital Convention 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