Message from the Chancellor: Commencement


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

For nearly nine years, it has been my great privilege to shake the hand of every UIS graduate and share an unforgettable celebratory moment with each of them on the Commencement stage. Commencement is more than a celebration. It is a rite of passage, a proclamation, a symbol and a representation of accomplishment not only for graduates but also their family members, faculty, staff and friends who have supported them throughout their university experience. Commencement is gratifying and satisfying — a day every graduate has earned. Commencement creates a lifelong memory – a memory every graduate deserves.

I want you, especially our May 2020 graduates, to know that I share the disappointment our students and families are feeling about the very necessary cancelation announced earlier this week of the May 2020 Commencement celebrations. I also want to assure you that the cancelation of the May events does not mean we will not celebrate the achievements of our May 2020 graduates. We are already exploring, with leadership by the Commencement Committee, how we might be able to provide a virtual celebration in May while also exploring how and when we can hold a graduation ceremony at a later date. There will be additional announcements and a request for ideas in the coming days.

In the meantime, we continue to take all necessary precautions to protect the members of our community and move forward to complete the semester. I am deeply grateful to all students, faculty and staff for their cooperation during this unprecedented time, and I look forward to our celebrating the achievements of our 2020 graduates in the future.




Chancellor Koch