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For over 39 years the University of Illinois Springfield family has celebrated its rich international and cultural diversity with the annual International Festival. The festival features cultural performances, fun and games from around the globe, exhibits, and a variety of ethnic foods.
UIS Homecoming is an annual tradition involving a week of events designed to develop pride and spirit among the various populations, including students, staff, faculty, alumni and community. The first UIS Homecoming was held in 1996.
One of the longest running and most popular events at UIS upholds traditions and unites the campus. Springfest challenges include a scavenger hunt, trivia night, flag and chant competition, sports day, and is sponsored by the UIS Student Activities Committee (SAC) a student-led organization.
Our Promise To You
We may be in the heart of the Midwest but our students embrace and prepare for a new world. Many students study abroad. Others develop a competency in a second language. All learn with students from other countries who add richness to the campus and contribute to a deeper understanding of what divides and unites global cultures.
Recent UIS graduate Hannah Cave grew up in a house full of activity and diversity. Her parents started fostering kids when she was toddler. “Our greatest household size was eight at a time,” she says. Five foster kids, plus Hannah and her parents.
Robyn Crutchfield’s first memory of UIS is of her parents driving off, leaving her alone in her room—her roommate hadn’t arrived yet—feeling scared out of her mind.
Janell Mathus had no trouble excelling in school. “Straight As in high school for the most part,” she says with a smile. “I’ve always been pretty good with the grades.”
When Dominique Wilson took the stage at Black Graduation in 2013 and introduced himself as the new president of Black Student Union, he was soft spoken and gentle.