Awards and Traditions

Alumni Awards

Each year, UIC and Chancellor Michael Amiridis honor alumni for the remarkable success they have achieved in their lives and work. We are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 UIC Alumni Awards, who will be celebrated at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on October 11, 2018.

Distinguished Service Award

Fruman Jacobson, BA ’70, and Marian Jacobson
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alumni Achievement Award

Kathleen A. Knafl, PhD ’77
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Emerita, College of Nursing

Patrick Magoon, MUPP ’79
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Humanitarian Award

Horace E. Smith, MD ’75
College of Medicine

Golden Grads

In December 2016, the UIC launched a new tradition to honor alumni celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation.  Both University of Illinois Medical Center and Circle campus graduates were invited to commence alongside UIC’s newest alumni.  Members of the honored class don golden robes and caps at the Fall Commencement ceremony in December.

Lighting of the Flame

UIC Advancement partners with UIC Athletics to provide a special opportunity for distinguished members of the UIC community, who have exemplified extraordinary interest in and loyalty to UIC, to serve as Torch Bearers in the Lighting of the Flame.

First held in 1998, the Lighting of the Flame ceremony is typically held at either a large University gathering, such as Convocation, or before the start of a Flames men’s home basketball game. Torch Bearers carry a symbolic torch onto the UIC Pavilion floor and light a cauldron while the school song is played.

Circle Campus & UIC History

Since the earliest days of our campus, we have created access to an outstanding education for talented students of all backgrounds.  Our history is steeped in commitments to social justice and community engagement, as well as discovery and innovation.

Activities Honorary Society

Since 1950, the Activities Honorary Society (AHS) has recognized undergraduate students whose leadership in a variety of student organizations contributed to a better University of Illinois at Chicago community. AHS was founded by student leaders at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Division at Navy Pier and weathered the transition to the Chicago Circle Campus and is one of only two traditions remaining from the Navy Pier Campus.

View the awards presented by the Activities Honorary Society

Activities Honorary Society