Information for Students 2011

A UIS GraduateThe 40th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 14, 2011, at 2pm, in the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Important information for all graduates:

Commencement Letters

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Graduate Salute Days

Graduate Salute days are:

  • Thursday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. UIS Graduation Ring Ordering Program

You should have purchased your cap and gown at the Graduate Salute in the UIS Bookstore (located on the first floor of Founders Hall). Peoria students should have purchased their caps and gowns through the UIS Peoria Center. Download more information.

Without your cap and gown purchase, we will not know of your intent to participate. Therefore, you MUST purchase your cap and gown during Graduate Salute.

If you are making any other cap and gown arrangements, please contact the Office of Records and Registration by March 25 by calling (217) 206-7730. Please note that a $25.00 late fee will be assessed to all students who order their cap and gown after March 26.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Graduation by calling (217) 206-7730 or by emailing

Jostens and Balfour reps will be on hand for the purchase of rings, announcements, and other commencement items.

UIS Ring

Starting Your Affordable Legacy

It’s easy to participate:

  • Congratulations on the Brilliant Future ahead of you.  As you go forward, please consider helping those who follow with your contributions to the UIS program of your choice.  We have many wonderful giving opportunities available at any level of giving.  For more information, please go to
  • Or Call the Development Office at 217-206-6058.
  • Future graduates will thank you!