Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to all University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) policies, deadlines, and procedures.  Specific graduation and commencement-related information is available in the current catalog and must be followed.  An appeal of the commencement participation policy must be made in writing (by sending an email to and must include all documentation that supports the appeal.

Important Information

First Destination Survey (FDS)

The First Destination Survey (FDS) is a national survey that is meant to gain knowledge about what activities students are engaging in after graduation from college. The information gained from the survey helps to determine institution effectiveness and provide data for reporting needs, to enhance UIS academic offerings, and  support career exploration for current and future students.  Prior to graduation day, you will receive emails with additional information and be asked to complete the Outcomes Survey.  By completing the survey, you will qualify to win a variety of prizes including iPads and gift cards. For further information, you may visit the UIS Career Development website.

Student Speaker

Our student commencement speaker is an important tradition at UIS. Information regarding when and where auditions will be held will be provided on the Audition Application Form.  All graduating students are eligible to audition. Representatives of the faculty and the student-body will select the speaker. The chosen speaker will record their speech on campus in mid-April. The recording will be a part of the May 15 virtual ceremony. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 4.

  • Application forms must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday April 4 (note: Late submissions will not be accepted).
  • Auditions, via Zoom, will be conducted between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, April 9.
  • The chosen speaker will be expected to speak on campus during filming for the virtual ceremony in mid-April.

Starting Your Affordable Legacy

For the sake of those who follow, start your affordable legacy.

  • Congratulations on your achievement, and best wishes for the future.  As you go forward, please consider helping those who follow with your contributions to the UIS program of your choice. Future graduates will thank you!
  • You can find many wonderful giving opportunities available at any level of giving on the Office of Advancement website.  Use the “Choose Where to Give” tab at the top to see a list of many opportunities. The UIS Fund, which provides support for programs and students throughout campus, is always an excellent choice.
  • You’ll be receiving updates from the Office of Advancement with campus stories of students and special opportunities for giving.
  • If you have questions, please feel free to call us at (217) 206-6058.

UIS Ring Program

The Official Ring of the University of Illinois Springfield symbolizes the educational values, heritage, and traditions of the University. The University of Illinois alumni family is united by rich traditions of loyalty, excellence, and service, and we invite you to help carry on this proud legacy through active participation in the UIS Ring Program.

  • Details will be announced in April
  • If you have questions, please feel free to contact the BookStore by calling (217)-206-6766 or by emailing

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Graduation by emailing