About Commencement 2018

The 47th annual UIS commencement ceremonies were held at the Bank of Springfield Center on Saturday, May 12, 2018. There were two ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The ceremonies were divided by college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences participated 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 participated in the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

See our Visitors page for directions and information for out of town guests.

Speakers and Marshals


Board of Trustees Representative,
Edward L. McMillan 
(5:30 ceremony)
University President,
Timothy L. Killeen 
(5:30 ceremony)
UIS Chancellor,
Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker,
Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang


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 2018 Grand Marshal is Charles Wheeler.

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
Hispanic/Latinx Graduation:
Friday, May 4, 2018
Brookens Auditorium 4:00 p.m. Samaryia Magee
(217) 206-6333
Justin Rose
(217) 206-6333
Black Graduation:
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Student Union Ballroom 2:00 p.m. Justin Rose jrose22@uis.edu
Lavender Graduation: A Celebration of LGBTQIA+ Students, Staff & Faculty:
Friday, May 11, 2018
Student Union Ballroom 12:00 p.m. –
2:00 p.m.
Kerry Poynter
International Student Congratulatory Ceremony:
Friday, May 11, 2018
Student Union Ballroom 2:00 p.m. Erika Suzuki
(217) 206-8164
*CAP Honors Program Graduation Breakfast:
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Student Union Ballroom 9:00 a.m. Rowena Vail
(217) 206-8462
*COLRS Online Brunch:
Saturday, May 12, 2018
PAC Lower Level (Outside of Former Food Emporium) 9:00 a.m. John Freml
(217) 206-7360
UIS InstaGrad:
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Student Union 10:00 a.m. –
4:00 p.m.
Ann Comerford
(217) 206-8611
Maggie Owen
(217) 206-7074
Chuck Schrage
(217) 206-7390
Ceremonies 2018:

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Bank of Springfield Center 12:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730

* Denotes by invitation only

Highlighted Event for All Students

Graduates, their families and friends are all encouraged to visit UIS on Saturday, May 12, and take pictures at iconic UIS sites (The Colonnade, Shakespeare Garden and Lincoln Sculpture); and post and tag pics using @UISeduAlumni on Instagram and use #UISedu. The first 150 graduating students to stop by the Student Union that day will receive their first UIS alumni swag bag and a UIS polo shirt.