Information for Students

A UIS Graduate The 45th UIS commencement ceremony will be held on May 14, 2016, at 4 pm, in the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Important Information for All Graduates

  • Seating Stars Marching! – View a Flash animation of the procession plan for the ceremony.
  • Ceremony DVD
    To purchase a DVD of the ceremony please complete Graduation Ceremony DVD Request here.
  • Ceremony PHOTOGRAPHS
    Professional photography on commencement day will be provided by GradImages. Questions regarding photographs following the ceremony should be addressed directly to GradImages.
  • Etiquette
    Want to know the proper etiquette for Commencement? Download the guide here. (pdf)
  • Student Speaker Application Information
    Student Commencement Speaker Application
     – The deadline to submit an application form for 2016 will be determined soon.  This year’s Student Commencement Speaker is TBD.

Commencement Letters

  • Commencement Letter #1 (coming soon)
  • Commencement Letter #2 (coming soon)
  • Commencement Letter #3 (coming soon)

See the Visitors section of this website for information about special needs, directions, parking, hotels, and restaurants.


Graduate Salute Days

Graduate Salute days will be held:

  • Thursday, March 24, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Caps, Gowns, and Announcements

Students were able to purchase a cap and gown during the Graduate Salute in the UIS Bookstore (located on the first floor of Founders Hall). Peoria students were able to purchase their caps and gowns through the UIS Peoria Center.

Without your cap and gown purchase, we will not know of your intent to participate. Therefore, you MUST purchase your cap and gown during Graduate Salute.

If you are making any other cap and gown arrangements (e.g., borrowing a black cap and gown from a friend), you MUST contact the Office of Records and Registration by emailing Please note that a late fee will be assessed by the UIS Bookstore to all students who order their cap and gown after Graduate Salute (students will be assessed a $10 late fee during the first week after Graduate Salute and a $20 late fee for any orders placed thereafter).

UIS Ring Program and Tradition

The Official Ring of the University of Illinois at Springfield symbolizes the educational values, heritage, and traditions of the University. The University of Illinois alumni family is united by rich traditions of loyalty, excellence, and service, and we invite you to help carry on this proud legacy through active participation in the UIS Ring Program.

The UIS Ring can be ordered by phone (866/225-3687) or online (

Balfour, the Official UIS Ring provider, will have representatives on campus during Graduate Salute to size and order rings in-person.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Graduation by calling (217) 206-7730 or by emailing

Starting Your Affordable Legacy

For the sake of those who follow, start your affordable legacy.

  • Congratulations on your achievement, and best wishes for the future.  As you go forward, please consider helping those who follow with your contributions to the UIS program of your choice. Future graduates will thank you!
  • You can find many wonderful giving opportunities available at any level of giving on the Office of Advancement website.  Use the “Choose Where to Give” tab at the top to see a list of many opportunities. The UIS Fund, which provides support for programs and students throughout campus, is always an excellent choice.
  • You’ll be receiving updates from the Office of Advancement with campus stories of students and special opportunities for giving.
  • If you have questions, please feel free to call us at (217) 206-6058.