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June 2016 - We are sending you this newsletter because you are a UIS online student or alumni. Every student belongs to many different affinity groups, such as a certain major or year of graduation. UIS Online is one such affinity group, and we thought you might enjoy news that relates to this group. Enjoy!

UIS Commencement, May 14, 2016

In all, 1,716 UIS students finished their degrees this year, and of these, 430 (25%) were online students, representing 48 states and six foreign countries. Read more about this year's UIS Commencement. View Commencement photographs on Flickr.

UIS Brunch for Online Graduates and Guests

On Saturday, May 14, 300 online grads, family members, friends, professors and others gathered to celebrate the students' graduation from UIS…and to enjoy a wonderful brunch. We've created a gallery of the grads and their guests, including graduates standing with others in their respective programs. Enjoy!

Stories of Six UIS Online Graduates

Wes Deppa enrolled at UIS because of a promise he made in 1992 when he finished his bachelor's degree.

"Back then I made an agreement with my wife," he says, "that I would continue my education after our children grew up and were out of the home.

"Nobody told me time would go by so quickly! In 2013, I found myself an 'empty nester.' My wife reminded me the timing was right to pursue a graduate degree, so I applied to UIS." READ MORE...


Richard Handzo joined the Navy in 2000 soon after graduating from high school in Roseville, IL. As the ads say, he definitely saw the world: France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sicily, Italy, Malta, Spain, and time in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

He received a great education in the Navy as an electronics technician—a thorough enough education that he was able to earn his undergraduate degree online from American Intercontinental University in just 13 months.

The accelerated program was intense, however...


You might not think that doing class assignments during a family vacation in Colorado would create good memories, but for Shannon Holubetz, the experience became a turning point in his graduate education.

It happened during the first semester of his work on a master's degree in Legal Studies, pursued online through UIS. READ MORE...


Like so many online students—probably most online students—Sarah Stegeman had a full and rich life before beginning work at UIS.

A resident of Lakemoor, IL, she completed her bachelor's degree in History while working fulltime at Follett School Solutions, volunteering at the Lake County Discovery Museum and acting as the Vice President of the Board for Free Guitars for Future Stars.

"All this was possible," she says, "because of the support I received from my husband, daughter, and family." READ MORE...


Ben Stull is an Emergency Room doctor who decided to complete a second undergraduate degree online. He explains below why he did this and why, in particular, he chose a degree in math.

Read in his own words about his reasons for enrolling at UIS to earn a second undergraduate degree online. READ MORE...


At first, Meredith Wright needed a little time to get acclimated to the online classes she needed to earn a master's degree in Management Information Systems at UIS.

Born and raised in Chicago, she already had a bachelor's and master's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois Chicago, and had been working at the University of Illinois Chicago as friendly Collector.

Ready for a second master's, she found the completely online Master's of Management Information Systems program at UIS. READ MORE...

  • 2016 UIS Online Graduate Statistics Infographics: Learn about this year's online graduates

  • News You Can Use: Tips for getting the most from your online experience

  • A Gift for you from the UIS Office of Advancement: A personalized UIS luggage tag. Just send your business card to the Office of Advancement, MS PAC 591, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza, Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407.

This email was created under the direction of the
UIS Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS)
by the UIS Office of Advancement,
 MS PAC 591, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407