About Commencement 2011

UIS LogoThe 40th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 14, 2011, 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

Martin R. Castro, CEO and President, Castro Synergies, LLC


University President, Michael J. Hogan
UIS Chancellor, Harry Berman
Student representative, Charles L. Olivier
Board of Trustee member, Karen Hasara
Alumni Association representative, Mr. Thom M. Serafin


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.

You can view the list of program marshals here.

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

  • Dr. Donald E. O’Neal, Professor, Management

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
Sunday, May 1, 2011
CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony Brookens Auditorium 1:30 p.m. Pat Sanchez –
(217) 206-7872
Friday, May 6, 2011
*BSU Graduation Ceremony PAC Restaurant 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Beth Hoag –
(217) 206-8312
*Peoria Graduation Reception Embassy Suites, East Peoria 6:30 p.m. Jana Wise –
(309) 999-4250
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Public Administration Graduation Party Stars Lounge 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Beverly Bunch –
(217) 206-6080
Friday, May 13, 2011
Lavender Graduation: A Celebration of LGBTQ & Allied Students at UIS PAC G Noon –
2:00 p.m.
Kerry Poynter –
(217) 206-8316
Liberal Arts & Science Honors Reception UHB First Floor Lobby 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Keith Burton –
(217) 206-7435
Diversity Center Graduation Reception Diversity Center 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Jeannie Capranica – (217) 206-6333
*CPAA – Political Science Reception PAC C & D 5:30 p.m. Stacey Romager –
(217) 206-6646
Saturday, May 14, 2011
*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast PAC Cafeteria 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rowena Vail –
(217) 206-8462
*Online Degree Graduation Brunch Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Carol Bloemer –
(217) 206-8379