Who can participate in Commencement?

The following three groups of individuals may be eligible to participate in the upcoming commencement stage experience if they meet all of the listed guidelines. There will be NO exceptions to the criteria listed below.  Students cannot participate in more than one ceremony for the same degree program. Therefore, if you have already participated in or were eligible to participate in a PREVIOUS ceremony, you may not participate again.

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Graduates: 
These graduates are automatically eligible to participate. 
Spring 2022 Candidates: 
A Spring 2022 graduation application must be on file in the Office of Records and Registration no later than February 18, 2022.  

Summer 2022 Candidates: 
A Summer 2022 graduation application must be on file in the Office of Records and Registration no later than February 18, 2022.  In addition, an approved Student Petition requesting to participate in commencement must also be on file in the Office of Records and Registration by February 18, 2022.    

*For questions regarding eligibility, please contact the Registrar’s Office: registrar@uis.edu or 217-20-7730

How do I register for Commencement?

Confirmation of intent to participate was due March 21. The form is now closed. 

What happens during the Commencement Ceremony?

Graduates will form a procession into the Bank of Springfield Center. After several ceremonial pieces, students will have their name announced, receive a UIS diploma cover, walk across the stage have their photo taken a professional photographer with the Chancellor.

How long will the ceremony last?

Each of the ceremonies will last approximately 1.5 hours. 

Do I have to wear a cap and gown?

Academic regalia is required, including a black cap and gown. 

When will I be able to purchase a cap and gown?

"Graduate Salute” to be held in the UIS Bookstore (located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center).  Dates and times of the “Graduate Salute” are as follows:

Thursday, March 24          11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, March 25               10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 26           9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


What if I can’t attend Graduate Salute?

Online graduates and those who are unable to attend Graduate Salute were provided a link to buy online at the time they completed their Intent to Participate Form.

I was supposed to receive a stole or cord from a specific RSO or group. Will I still receive it?

Cords and stoles provided by Registered Student Organizations, Athletics and campus departments are managed individually by those organizations. Please reach out to your contact within that specific organization. 

My guests or I will require accommodations for accessibility. Who should I contact?

Graduates with a disability-related accommodation request should contact Student Affairs at 217-206-8038.

Guests with a disability-related accommodation request should contact Office Disability Services at 217-206-6666 or email potthast.chrisa@uis.edu.

What COVID Protocols will be in place for Commencement?

At this time no decisions have been made about possible mitigations for the 2022 commencement celebrations. As soon as any information regarding COVID protocols for commencement are issued we will notify campus.  

How do I purchase picture from the professional photographer?

Graduates will receive a passport size proofs in the mail   There is no obligation to purchase, and they will have the option of ordering several enlargement packages at a reasonable price. Questions regarding photographs following commencement should be addressed to GradImages (www.gradimages.com/)

When and where are diplomas mailed?

University of Illinois Springfield diplomas are 8.5×11 inches and sent by first-class mail to a student’s diploma address approximately nine weeks after your conferral date. 

Tickets + Number of Guests

Commencement is not a ticketed event, so guests do not need a ticket to attend. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of guests per graduate.

iCard for Commencement Check In

If you have an iCard, please bring it to Commencement to expedite check in. If you do not have an iCard, you can check in with your UIN and netID.