WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms. High: 90. Winds: Southwest 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy with scattered showers or thunderstorms. Low: 70. Winds: South 5-10 mph.
Local Colleges Preparing for Graduation
Local colleges are in overdrive ahead of big graduation ceremonies this weekend in downtown Springfield. The Prairie Capital Convention Center is playing host to three commencement ceremonies between tonight and Saturday.
School officials with Lincoln Land Community College, Benedictine University, and UIS have been working together to get things in order. They say they've had to make some concessions in their setups to make it all work. But in the end, the goal is to make the big day stress-free for graduates.
"The best part of the weekend is seeing students achieve their accomplishments and get their degree," UIS Director of Community Relations Joan Sestak said. "Some of them have been spending years to try and finish their degrees, so their family and friends will all be here to cheer them on."
Lincoln Land's graduation is scheduled for tonight at 7:30. UIS hosts its graduation at 4:00 Saturday afternoon.
Organizers say parking shouldn't be an issue, but you should allow yourself extra time to arrive at the center.