About Commencement 2012

UIS LogoThe 41st UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 12, 2012, 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

Journalist, Author, and Translator, 1991 Alumnus, Wenguang Huang


Board of Trustees Representative, Karen Hasara
University President-designate, Robert A. Easter
UIS Chancellor, Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker, Jessica A. Odigie
Alumni Association Representative, Thomas E. Livingston


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 soon.

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

  • Professor Stephen Schwark, Political Science

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
*CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Brookens Auditorium 1:30 p.m. Pat Sanchez
(217) 206-7872
Graduation Reception

Friday, May 4, 2012
Embassy Suites East Peoria 6:30 p.m. Jana Wise
(309) 999-4250
Diversity Center
Graduation Reception

Friday, May 11, 2012
Diversity Center 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Jeannie Capranica
(217) 206-6333
Lavender Graduation
Friday, May 11, 2012
Student Life Building Multipurpose Rm Noon – 2:00 p.m. Kerry Poynter
(217) 206-8316
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Honors Reception

Friday, May 11, 2012
UHB First Floor Lobby 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Keith Burton
(217) 206-7435
*CPAA – Political Science Graduation Reception
Friday, May 11, 2012
PAC C & D 5:30 p.m. Nathan Franklin
*CAP Honors
Graduation Breakfast

Saturday, May 12, 2012
PAC Cafeteria 10:00 a.m. – Noon Rowena Vail
(217) 206-8462
*Online Degree
Graduation Brunch

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Carol Bloemer
(217) 206-8379
Commencement 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Prairie Capital Convention Center 2:00 p.m. Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730 or
More events to come…

* Denotes by invitation only