About Commencement 2014

The 43rd UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 17, 2014, at 4 p.m., 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.

Graduating Students Celebrate at the UIS Colonnade

Speakers and Marshals

Commencement Address

Donovan W. Pepper, National Director of Local Government Relations Walgreen Co., 1994 and 1996 Alumnus


Board of Trustees Representative, Karen Hasara
University President, Robert A. Easter
UIS Chancellor, Susan J. Koch
Student Speaker, Zachary A. Sullivan
Alumni Association Representative, John P. Lowder


Each 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.

  • Professor Donald Morris, Accountancy

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
* Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony:
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Brookens Auditorium 2:00 p.m.

Kelly Guerrero
(217) 206-7872

Student Affairs Leadership Reception
Saturday, May 3, 2014
PAC Lobby 2:00 p.m.

Cynthia Thompson
(217) 206-6665

* UIS Peoria Center Graduation Reception:
Friday, May 9, 2014
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette 6:30 p.m.

Rhonda Bussell
(309) 999-4252

All Sports Banquet
Saturday, May 10, 2014
TRAC Arena 6:30 p.m.

Matt Prink
(217) 206-7017

Late Night Breakfast:
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Food Emporium 9:00-10:30 p.m.

Cynthia Thompson
(217) 206-6665

Lavender Graduation (A Celebration of LGBTQ and Allied Students, Staff, and Faculty):
Friday, May 16, 2014
Registration in advance at:
Student Life Building Multipurpose Room 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Kerry Poynter or
Michael Stephens
(217) 206-8316

* College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
Honors Reception:
Friday, May 16, 2014
Brookens Auditorium 4:00-6:00 p.m. Dr. Lucia Vazquez
(217) 206-6512
Diversity Center and International Student Services Graduation Reception
Friday, May 16, 2014
Student Life Building Multipurpose Room 4:00-6:00 p.m. Jeannie Capranica
(217) 206-6584
* Master of Public Health Graduate Reception
Friday, May 16, 2014
Winery in Rochester TBA Wendy Johnson
(217) 206-6272
* Pi Sigma Alpha Reception
Friday, May 16, 2014
Political Science graduates (majors/minors) and families
PAC Conference Rooms C/D 5:00 p.m. Zachary Sullivan
*Master of Public Health Graduate Get Together
Friday, May 16, 2014
MPH graduates and parents
Winery in Rochester TBA Wendy Johnson
(217) 206-6272
* CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast:
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Sangamon Auditorium Lobby 10:00 a.m.- Noon Rowena Vail
(217) 206-8462
*Online Degree Graduation Brunch
Saturday, May 17, 2014
PAC Lower Level 10:00 a.m.- Noon Holly Fowler
(217) 206-7395
Commencement 2014:
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Prairie Capital Convention Center 4:00 p.m. Office of Records and Registration
(217) 206-7730
More events to come…

* Denotes by invitation only