About Commencement 2009

UIS LogoThe 38th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 16, 2009, 2pm, 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.

Speakers and Marshals

Commencement Address

Dr. Matthew HoldenDr. Matthew Holden, Jr., recently named the first Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS, will be the speaker at our 38th commencement ceremony.

It is particularly exciting in this bicentennial year of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, following the 100th anniversary of the Springfield Race Riots, that Dr. Holden is our speaker. Among Holden’s wide-ranging scholarly interests is the issue of politics and race. His 1974 book, The White Man’s Burden, was a classic in the early political scholarship on race and politics. Other areas of research interest are public administration and policy, public law, and urban politics.

His newest book, yet to be published, is titled The World and the Mind of Isaiah T. Montgomery: The Greatness of a Compromised Man, which examines the lone African American delegate in the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890. Holden received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.


A student representative, a representative of the Board of Trustees, the University president, and UIS Chancellor Ringeisen.


Graduating Students Celebrate at the UIS ColonnadeEach year, the faculty and students from each academic program choose a graduating student to serve as program marshal. These students, who best exemplify the goals and spirit of their programs, are identifiable at the ceremony by the gold stoles they wear.

The grand marshal who leads the commencement procession is a faculty member, chosen each year by a vote of his or her colleagues.

  • Marshals Rehearsal for Commencement
    Studio Theater
    Wednesday, May 13, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • For info, call Aleta Carlberg, 217- 206- 8295

Distance viewing


Tickets will not be required for admission into the ceremony. Additional information regarding special needs seating will be forthcoming in future correspondence.

Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates.

Event Location Time Contact
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Volunteer Recognition Dinner “Good As Gold” Sangamon Auditorium – PAC Lobby 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Kelly Thompson
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Kappa Delta Pi, Teacher EducationInitiation/Installation Ceremony PAC Restaurant 5:00 p.m. Dean’s office
Saturday, May 1, 2009
*Student Leadership Recognition Reception Hoogland Center for the Arts 2:00 p.m. Cynthia Thompson
Sunday, May 3 , 2009
CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Ceremony Brookens Auditorium 1:30 p.m. Angie Pezold
Lavender Graduation PAC Restaurant 3:00 p.m. Beth Hoag
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Chemistry Graduation BBQ Patio Area behind HSB 12:00 p.m. Harshavardhan Bapat
Friday, May 8, 2009
* Peoria Graduation Reception Embassy SuiteEast Peoria 6:30 p.m. Jana Wise
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Sigma Phi Omega, Gerontology HonorSociety – Annual Picnic Lincoln Park 12:00-2:00 p.m. Carolyn Peck
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Late Night Breakfast Food Emporium 9:00  to 10:30 p.m. Cynthia Thompson
Marshals Rehearsal Studio Theater 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Aleta Carlberg
Friday, May 15, 2009
Open House honoring graduating students
(Open to all COM majors)
COM department hallway in UHB – 3rd Floor 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mary Bohlen
CLAS Honors Reception UHB First Floor Lounge 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Terry Bodenhorn
CLAS Awards Ceremony – Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science UHB 2034 5:00 p.m. Terry Bodenhorn
CLAS Awards Ceremony – All other Departments UHB 2008 5:00 p.m. Terry Bodenhorn
*Political Studies-Pi Sigma Alpha Awards Dinner PAC C/D 6:00 p.m. Stacey Romager
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Online Degree Graduation BrunchReservations are required. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/uisbrunchFor more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/cq7bt9 PAC Lobby 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Mary Caroline Mitchell
*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast/Brunch PAC Food Emporium 9:00 a.m. – Noon Rowena Vail
*College of Education & Human ServicesGraduation Reception Saputo Twins Corner Restaurant Immediately following Commencement Dean’s office