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Awards and Recognition

Alumni Awards Celebration! Register now!

UIC Alumni Awards Celebration

The UIC Alumni Association and the Chancellor honor alumni for the remarkable success they have achieved in their lives and work. Seven phenomenal alumni will be honored at the Alumni Awards Celebration on April 18, 2024. Click here to register to join the celebration.

To view photos from past Alumni Awards Celebrations, click here. For more information on the alumni awards and nomination process, click here.

2024 Alumni Achievement Award Honorees Heading link

2024 Distinguished Service Award Honorees Heading link

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2023 UIC Alumni Awards Honorees Heading link

The 2023 Alumni Awards honorees were honored at UIC on April 20, 2023. Click here to view video highlights from the evening and photos here.

Read more about these incredible alumni below.

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UICAA Alumni Awards Nominations Heading link

We are honored to award the highest alumni awards to UIC alumni. Nominations are currently closed and will reopen in the Spring. For more information, please click here.

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UIC Golden Grads

In December 2022, UIC continued its tradition of honoring Golden Graduates, alumni celebrating 50 years since graduating. The Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 were invited back to campus to participate in the December Commencement ceremony and celebrate together at the Golden Graduates reception. The Class of 1972 was honored through a virtual gathering featuring a walk down memory lane and a special performance by UIC’s student acapella group, Downtown Voices. See photos from the event.

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Alumni Board member, UMOJA leader, Nicholas Crite lights the flame at Credit Union 1 Arena 2.19.23

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 torchbearers 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. Torchbearers carry a symbolic torch onto the UIC Pavilion floor and light a cauldron while the school song is played.

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a historical image of the circle campus

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.