Welcome to the celebratory gateway of knowledge and accomplishment! Today, we gather to commemorate a monumental milestone in the lives of our extraordinary graduates.

With hearts brimming with pride and admiration, we extend our warmest congratulations to the talented individuals who have devoted countless hours to pursuit of excellence. This occasion marks the culmination of years of relentless dedication, resilience, and unyielding spirit. Together, we embark on a transformative voyage, forever etching our names in the annals of academia, while embracing the boundless possibilities that lie ahead. Welcome, graduates, to the commencement of University of Illinois Springfield, where dreams become reality and futures take flight. View or download the UIS 2023 Commencement Program.

Commencement Photos

Check out all of the extraordinary photos from this memorable event and celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2023.

Student Commencement Speaker

We invite you to pay tribute to LaNise Kirk, the inspiring 2023 Student Commencement Speaker of University of Illinois Springfield. Despite facing the challenges of stage four cancer, her address on May 13 will impart invaluable life lessons from her master's degree in human development counseling. Let us come together to celebrate her strength and resilience, and embrace the profound impact of her extraordinary journey.

University of Illinois Springfield Alumnihood

You are joining a worldwide network of more than 44,000 UIS alumni that spans professions and the globe. The benefits of being a UIS alumni are immeasurable, and welcoming you to this impressive constellation of change-makers and go-getters makes us shine even brighter. Learn more about UIS Alumni Relations.

Graduates, this is your moment to reflect on your hard work and accomplishments during your time at UIS and to stay focused on creating the future you dream for yourself.  I am confident that each of you—with your own skills, aspirations, contributions and achievements—will leave a mark on this world, and it’s such an honor to know that UIS helped play a part in your future success.

- Chancellor Janet Gooch

Virtual Gifts for the Class of 2023

To help you virtually celebrate, UIS has created multiple AR effects available on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. Take your photo in front of the colonnade or try on a graduation cap and share your photos or videos with #UISedu.

@uisedu Did you know we have a #UISedu TikTok filter that puts you right in front of the colonnade? It’s perfect for #Classof2023 photos! #graduation #commencement ♬ Pomp and Circumstance - Sir Edward Elgar

Join the #UISedu Commencement Celebration

Use #UISedu when posting photos or congratulatory messages on social media and remember to follow on your favorite social channel TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook!

Special Events

Below are other congratulatory events featured throughout the week of commencement.

The Diversity Center

Specialty Graduation

An inclusive ceremony to honor the achievements of historically minoritized students of color and marginalized sexual orientation and gender-identity groups.
International Student Services

International Congratulatory Ceremony

Congratulations on your achievements and the best wishes for your next adventure!
Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service

Online Graduate Salute

A special event to commemorate our online students and honor their accomplishments.