About Commencement 2009

UIS Logo The 38th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 16, 2009, 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

Dr. Matthew Holden Dr. Matthew Holden, Jr., recently named the first Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS, will be the speaker at our 38th commencement ceremony.

It is particularly exciting in this bicentennial year of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, following the 100th anniversary of the Springfield Race Riots, that Dr. Holden is our speaker. Among Holden’s wide-ranging scholarly interests is the issue of politics and race. His 1974 book, The White Man’s Burden, was a classic in the early political scholarship on race and politics. Other areas of research interest are public administration and policy, public law, and urban politics.

His newest book, yet to be published, is titled The World and the Mind of Isaiah T. Montgomery: The Greatness of a Compromised Man, which examines the lone African American delegate in the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890. Holden received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.


A student representative, a representative of the Board of Trustees, the University president, and UIS Chancellor Ringeisen.


Graduating Students Celebrate at the UIS Colonnade 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.

  • Marshals Rehearsal for Commencement
    Studio Theater
    Wednesday, May 13, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • For info, call Aleta Carlberg, 217- 206- 8295

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Distance viewing

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Tickets will not be required for admission into the ceremony. Additional information regarding special needs seating will be forthcoming in future correspondence.

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Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates.

Event    Location    Time    Contact   
Thursday, April 23, 2009   
Volunteer Recognition Dinner “Good As Gold”    Sangamon Auditorium – PAC Lobby    4:30 to 6:00 p.m.    Kelly Thompson
Saturday, April 25, 2009   
Kappa Delta Pi, Teacher EducationInitiation/Installation Ceremony    PAC Restaurant    5:00 p.m.    Dean’s office
Saturday, May 1, 2009   
*Student Leadership Recognition Reception    Hoogland Center for the Arts    2:00 p.m.    Cynthia Thompson
Sunday, May 3 , 2009   
CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Ceremony    Brookens Auditorium    1:30 p.m.    Angie Pezold
Lavender Graduation    PAC Restaurant    3:00 p.m.    Beth Hoag
Wednesday, May 6, 2009   
Chemistry Graduation BBQ    Patio Area behind HSB    12:00 p.m.    Harshavardhan Bapat
Friday, May 8, 2009   
* Peoria Graduation Reception    Embassy SuiteEast Peoria    6:30 p.m.    Jana Wise
Saturday, May 9, 2009   
Sigma Phi Omega, Gerontology HonorSociety – Annual Picnic    Lincoln Park    12:00-2:00 p.m.    Carolyn Peck
Wednesday, May 13, 2009   
Late Night Breakfast    Food Emporium    9:00  to 10:30 p.m.    Cynthia Thompson
Marshals Rehearsal    Studio Theater    5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.    Aleta Carlberg
Friday, May 15, 2009   
Open House honoring graduating students
(Open to all COM majors)    COM department hallway in UHB – 3rd Floor    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.    Mary Bohlen
CLAS Honors Reception    UHB First Floor Lounge    4:00 to 6:00 p.m.    Terry Bodenhorn
CLAS Awards Ceremony – Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science    UHB 2034    5:00 p.m.    Terry Bodenhorn
CLAS Awards Ceremony – All other Departments    UHB 2008    5:00 p.m.    Terry Bodenhorn
*Political Studies-Pi Sigma Alpha Awards Dinner    PAC C/D    6:00 p.m.    Stacey Romager
Saturday, May 16, 2009   
Online Degree Graduation BrunchReservations are required. For more information: more information, visit:    PAC Lobby    10:00 to 11:30 a.m.    Mary Caroline Mitchell
*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast/Brunch    PAC Food Emporium    9:00 a.m. – Noon    Rowena Vail
*College of Education & Human ServicesGraduation Reception    Saputo Twins Corner Restaurant    Immediately following Commencement    Dean’s office

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