Second Chance Graduation

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Walking across the stage during Commencement is a moment many of our alums will never forget – receiving the diploma they worked so hard to earn in front of thousands of onlookers, the firm handshake from the University president and the posed formal photo they will cherish forever. Unfortunately, it’s also a memory that some alums did not make.

The Alumni Association is proud to offer a Second Chance Graduation to all alumni, who were unable to attend their original commencement ceremony. These respective “graduates” will be recognized alongside the Class of 2019 during the May 4, 2019, Commencement ceremony.

“We often receive feedback from alums regretting their decision not to attend commencement or that it was something out of their control as to why they did not participate,” said Angie (Kimball) Joseph ’82, UIU Alumni Association President. “Either way, this will undoubtedly make some dreams come true, and for that the association is extremely excited to offer this opportunity.”

Those who wish to participate need to register by clicking the button below to complete the online form.

A registration fee of $35 (plus $2.79 transaction cost) applies. That expense includes: 

  • Your Regalia - cap, gown, tassel, honor and/or veteran cord (if applicable)

  • Professional Photo (which will be emailed to you for optional purchase)

Participants will also receive a graduation gift from the Alumni Office as well as a complimentary lunch ticket to enjoy a meal at the UIU Student Center on Commencement day.

Deadline to sign up is February 28, 2019. Questions may be directed to the Alumni Office at 563-425-5388 or

register here