Alumni Commencement Programs

Welcoming New Alumni & Honoring Our Legacy

The Alumni Association hosts a variety of events leading up to and including commencement. We work to engage not only the senior class, but also the 50th reunion class into our commencement program that helps strengthen the bond to USF.  This is a special milestone and we are excited to be a part of it.

Senior Celebration

group of smiling studentsThis annual, complimentary event invites all students, alumni, faculty and staff to help celebrate our honored guests – the graduating senior class. Typically hosted in April (and coordinated with student input), it includes food and drinks, a photo booth, and a fun evening with the seniors. For more information about this year’s festivities, please contact Student Life 815-740-3398 or

“Selfie” Campaign

smiling graduatesGraduates are encouraged to bring their phones with them during the ceremony because during the alumni association speech, they will be challenged to take their best “selfie!” Those who post and tag the University of St. Francis Alumni social media pages will be sent a free gift courtesy of the Alumni & Family Relations Office. Be sure to follow us at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

50th Reunion Class – Class of 1973

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Class of 1973 Commencement Recognition
We invite the 50th reunion class of 1973 back to campus for our alumni tradition at our May Commencement ceremony for a celebratory lunch with your classmates. You will then process down the aisle with the graduating class of 2023 and be recognized by the university president during the ceremony. You must register and complete the regalia form by March 27, 2023 to attend the event. More details can be found here.

Alumni Reception- 1969-1977
Due to several years where reunions were a challenge, alumni from the classes of 1969-1977 are invited to attend an alumni reception in the Brown Science Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register to attend by emailing Following the reception, the class of 1973 is invited to participate and be recognized for their 50th reunion during Commencement. Register to take part by visiting