About Commencement 2019

The 48th annual UIS commencement ceremonies will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center on Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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. See our Ceremony page for additional information about the ceremonies.

Speakers and Marshals


University President, Timothy L. Killeen (5:30 ceremony)
UIS Chancellor, Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker, Jeffrey C. Nevins


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 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 2019 Grand Marshal is Hilary Frost.

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, May 3, 2019
Embassy Suites, East Peoria 6:30 p.m. Rhonda Bussell
(309) 999-4252
Black Graduation
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Student Union Ballroom 1:00 p.m. Diversity Center
(217) 206-6333
Pre-registration is required at:
Hispanic/Latinx Graduation
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Student Union Ballroom 4:30 p.m. Diversity Center
(217) 206-6333
Pre-registration is required at:
Lavender Graduation: A Celebration of LGBTQIA+ and Allied Students, Staff, and Faculty:
Friday, May 10, 2019
Student Union Ballroom 12:00 p.m. –
2:00 p.m.
Gender and Sexuality Student Services
(217) 206-8316
Pre-registration is required at: go.uis.edu/lavgrad
International Congratulatory Ceremony:
Friday, May 10, 2019
Student Union Ballroom 3:30 –
5:30 p.m.
Erika Suzuki
(217) 206-8164
*Department of Public Administration Graduate Hooding and Pi Alpha Alpha Induction
Friday, May 10, 2019
PAC C/D 6:00 p.m. Sean McCandless
(217) 206-8347
*CAP Honors Program Graduation Breakfast:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
PAC Lower Level (Outside of Former Food Emporium) 9:00 a.m. Karen Barker
(217) 206-7251
*COLRS Sponsored
Online Brunch:
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Student Union Ballroom 9:00 a.m. John Freml
(217) 206-7317
Ceremonies 2019:

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Bank of Springfield Center 12:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730

* Denotes by invitation only