About Commencement 2010

UIS Logo The 39th UIS commencement ceremony was held on May 15, 2010, 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

The commencement address was given by Karen Hasara, SSU classes of 1972 and 1992. The former Springfield mayor was appointed to the U of I Board of Trustees by Governor Pat Quinn in September 2009.

Read Ms. Hasara’s remarks »


Additional speakers were: Priyanka Navin Deo, student representative; a representative of the Board of Trustees; the University president; a representative of the Alumni Assoication, and UIS Chancellor Ringeisen.

Read Ms. Deo’s remarks »

View the complete program »


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.

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Distance viewing

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Tickets are not required for admission into the ceremony.

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Commencement Week Schedule of Events

Check back here frequently for updates.

Event    Location    Time    Contact   
Saturday, May 1   
Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega  end of the year picnic    Lincoln Park Shelter #7    Noon – 2:00 p.m.    Carolyn Peck
Sunday, May 2   
CBM – Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony    Brookens Auditorium    1:30 p.m.    Pat Sanchez 206-7872   
Friday, May 7   
*Peoria Graduation Reception    Embassy Suites East Peoria    6:30 p.m.    Jana Wise
Friday, May 14   
Diversity Center Reception    Diversity Center, SLB 22    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.    Jeannie Capranica (217) 206-6584   
Saturday, May 15   
*CAP Honors Graduation Breakfast Brunch    PAC Food Emporium    10:00 a.m. – Noon    Rowena Vail 206-8642   
*COLRS/Office of Alumni Relations – Online Grads. Brunch    Sangamon Auditorium Lobby    10:00 a.m. – 11:30    Mary Caroline Mitchell 206-7395   

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