Students should have submitted a graduation application to the Office of Records and Registration by Feb. 18, 2022.


Students can only participate in the commencement ceremony in which they are FIRST eligible (based upon the term for which the student submitted a graduation application). Students cannot participate in more than one ceremony for the same degree program.

Students may be eligible to participate in the upcoming commencement ceremonies if they meet all of the listed guidelines. There will be NO exceptions to the criteria listed below.

  • 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 Feb. 18, 2022.
  • Summer 2022 Candidates: A Summer 2022 graduation application must be on file in the Office of Records and Registration no later than Feb. 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 Feb. 18, 2022. 
  • DPA students: You must be deemed eligible to participate by March 31. Please contact your advisor for additional information.


Graduates 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 (via letter or email) and must include all documentation that supports the appeal.

The following steps are required to participate in Commencement:

  1. Confirmation of participation by March 21. Only those who are eligible were able to submit their intent to participate form, and the form is now closed. This step is required, even for students who are making special cap and gown arrangements (E.g., borrowing a black cap and gown).
  2. Purchase a cap and gown during Graduate Salute, sponsored by the UIS Bookstore and Herff Jones. Additional graduation merchandise will be available for purchase including diploma frames and announcements. Order your cap and gown during Graduate Salute to avoid late fees.

Graduate Salute | Location: UIS Bookstore, Public Affairs Center, lower level

  • 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.

Cap and gown prices:

  • Bachelor Unit: $40.75 plus tax
  • Master Unit & Hood: $74.25 plus tax
  • Doctoral Unit & Hood: $90.85 plus tax

Units include cap, gown, and tassel. These items are yours to keep, in addition to master and doctoral hoods.   

Alternative Cap and Gown Arrangements:

Students making special cap and gown arrangements (E.g., borrowing a black cap and gown) MUST still confirm their participation by submitting an online intent to participate. 

Online Graduates/Those Unable to Attend Graduate Salute:

A link was provided to purchase online after completing the intent to participate form which was due March 21.

Additional FAQs

Access to your NetID

Your NetID will remain active for three (3) semesters after graduation. After that time, you will no longer be able to use your NetID to access email, Blackboard, or other campus services such as Box, lynda, Office 365, etc. Please see the User Account Lifecycle for NetIDs policy for more information.

Ceremony DVD

A ceremony DVD will be available for $25.  This cost includes postage in the continental United States. Complete the form to order your copy. Questions should be addressed to the Office of Electronic Media at 217-206-6799.


On commencement day, diploma covers are presented to students by the Chancellor. Official diplomas are not given out at commencement, but are instead mailed to students separately.


Want to know the proper etiquette for Commencement? Download the guide here. (pdf)

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.


Professional photography on commencement day will be provided by GradImages. Questions regarding photographs following the ceremony should be addressed directly to GradImages.


Program marshals have the responsibility for lining up their program’s graduates, leading them in the procession to their seats, and leading them across the stage to receive their diploma covers.  Because of this responsibility, it is essential that these individuals can be identified by students.  Therefore, only program marshals are allowed to wear gold stoles during commencement.  Some departments, associations, and groups have chosen to recognize their students by allowing them to wear colored cords or non-gold stoles.  Those seeking approval to distribute cords or non-gold stoles to their students must do so by submitting a formal request to the Registrar in the Office of Records and Registration. The request is considered, the Registrar communicates a decision to the appropriate parties, and updates the master list of approved cords, stoles, and miscellaneous items worn at commencement.

Student Speaker Application Information

The application to audition is now closed.

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.