About Commencement 2010

UIS LogoThe 39th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 15, 2010, at 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

The commencement address was given by Karen Hasara, SSU classes of 1972 and 1992. The former Springfield mayor was appointed to the U of I Board of Trustees by Governor Pat Quinn in September 2009.

Read Ms. Hasara’s remarks »


Additional speakers were: Priyanka Navin Deo, student representative; a representative of the Board of Trustees; the University president; a representative of the Alumni Assoication, and UIS Chancellor Ringeisen.

Read Ms. Deo’s remarks »

View the complete program »


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.

  • This year’s grand marshal was Ms. Mary Bohlen.

Distance viewing


Tickets are not required for admission into the ceremony.

Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates.

Event Location Time Contact
Saturday, May 1
Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega  end of the year picnic Lincoln Park Shelter #7 Noon – 2:00 p.m. Carolyn Peck
Sunday, May 2
CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony Brookens Auditorium 1:30 p.m. Pat Sanchez 206-7872
Friday, May 7
*Peoria Graduation Reception Embassy Suites East Peoria 6:30 p.m. Jana Wise
Friday, May 14
Diversity Center Reception Diversity Center, SLB 22 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Jeannie Capranica (217) 206-6584
Saturday, May 15
*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast Brunch PAC Food Emporium 10:00 a.m. – Noon Rowena Vail 206-8642
*COLRS/Office of Alumni Relations – Online Grads. Brunch Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 Mary Caroline Mitchell 206-7395