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Welcome Visitors 2011

A UIS Graduate and family Welcome visitors, to our most cherished tradition.

The 40th University of Illinois Springfield Commencement Ceremony was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, May 14, 2011.

The Center is located in downtown Springfield at 9th and Adams streets.


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Special Needs

  • Guests requiring special assistance should make arrangements in advance with Suzanne Woods by calling (217) 206-6666.
  • Wheelchairs for transport will not be available at the PCCC.
  • Graduating students who require special assistance should contact Darlene Harris-Kresse by calling (217) 206-8216.

Directions to the Center

The Center parking ramp is located at the corner of 7th & Washington streets.

  • Coming from the SOUTH on I-55 (St. Louis)
    Take the 6th St. Exit (#92) to Downtown Springfield. Stay on 6th St.; at Washington St. turn right. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the NORTH on I-55 (Chicago)
    Take the Clear Lake Avenue Exit (#98). Clear Lake Ave. merges with Jefferson St. Take a left on 7th St. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the EAST on I-72 (Champaign)
    Continue straight ahead on Clear Lake Ave.; it will merge with Jefferson St. Take a left on 7th St. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the WEST on I-72 (Jacksonville)
    Take the 6th St. Exit to Downtown Springfield. Stay on 6th St.; at
    Washington St. turn right. Go one (1) block.
  • Coming from the CAMPUS
    Take 11th St. to 6th St. Turn right onto 6th St; at Washington
    St. turn right. Go one (1) block.

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Downtown Parking

Parking Ramps

  • 7th & Adams – Located next to the Convention Center and Pres. A. Lincoln Hotel (50¢ per hour or $5 per day)
  • 7th & Monroe – Located next to Hilton Hotel (50¢ per hour or $5.50 per day)
  • 6th & Washington – Located below the Old State Capitol- Open 7am-7pm on weekdays, Sat. 7am-6pm, closed on Sun. (50¢ per half hour)
  • 6th & Capital – (25¢ for 1st half hour, 50¢ for each additional half hour or $3.50 per day)
  • 4th & Washington- 24 hour access ($3 per day )
  • 7th & Monroe – Located below Lincoln Library (25¢ per half hour)
  • Abraham Lincoln Museum – 7am – 7pm, Wed. night open until 10pm (50¢ per half hour)

Parking Lots

  • 4th & Washington- (50¢ per hour or $4 per day)

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Downtown Hotels

The following hotels have agreed to extend discounted rates to family members and friends attending the UIS Commencement Ceremony. Please mention “UIS Commencement” when calling to make reservations.

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Downtown Restaurants

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University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
217-206-6600

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