About Commencement 2015

About Commencement 2015

The 44th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 16, 2015, at 4 p.m., at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield, 9th and Adams streets. See our Visitors page for directions and information for out of town guests. Graduating Students Celebrate at the UIS Colonnade

Speakers and Marshals

Commencement Address

Founder and CEO, Serafin and Associates, Inc. and
1973 and 1993 Alumnus,
  Thom M. Serafin


Board of Trustees Representative,
  Edward L. McMillan, Chairman
University President,
  Robert A. Easter
UIS Chancellor,
  Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker,
  Blake Hudson


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 for the ceremony 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 2015 Grand Marshal is Professor Merrill Ted Mims, Computer Science.

Distance viewing


Tickets are not required for admission into the ceremony.

Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates. * Denotes by invitation only

Event Location Time Contact
* Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Brookens Auditorium 2:00 p.m. Kelly Guerrero
(217) 206-7872
* UIS Peoria Center Graduation Reception:
Friday, May 8, 2015
Embassy Suites in East Peoria 6:00 p.m. Dr. Joyce Shotick (309)999-4250
Student Athlete Banquet:
Sunday, May 3, 2015
(Mainly Invitation Only)
TRAC Arena 6:00 p.m. Mallory Beck
(217)341-9722 mbeck22@uis.edu
* Student Affairs Leadership Reception
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 2:00 p.m. Cynthia Thompson
Late Night Breakfast
Wednesday, May 14, 2015
PAC Food Emporium 9:00 p.m. Cynthia Thompson
Lavender Graduation (A Celebration of LGBTQ and Allied Students, Staff, and Faculty):
Friday, May 15, 2015
Registration in advance at:
Student Life Building Multipurpose Room Noon – 2:00 p.m. Kerry Poynter or
Michael Stephens
(217) 206-8316
* College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
Honors Reception:
Friday, May 15, 2015
Brookens Auditorium 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dr. Lucia Vazquez
(217) 206-6512
Diversity Center and International Student Services Graduation Reception:
Friday, May 15, 2015
Student Life Building Multipurpose Room 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Jeannie Capranica
(217) 206-6584
* Pi Sigma Alpha Reception
Political Science graduates (majors/minors) and families:
Friday, May 15, 2015
PAC Conference Rooms C/D 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Nathan Tarr PSC GA
*Master of Public Health Graduate Get Together MPH graduates and parents:
Friday, May 15, 2015
Winery in Rochester TBA Wendy Johnson
(217) 206-6272
* CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast:
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 10:00 a.m. – Noon Rowena Vail
(217) 206-8462
*Online Degree Graduation Brunch
Saturday, May 16, 2015
PAC Lower Level 10:00 a.m. – Noon Ann Cole
(217) 206-8233
Commencement 2015:
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Prairie Capital Convention Center 4:00 p.m. Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730
More events to come…

* Denotes by invitation only