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Awards and Recognition

Alumni Awards

UIC and the Chancellor honor alumni for the remarkable success they have achieved in their lives and work. To view photos from past Alumni Awards Celebrations, click here. Nominations for Alumni Awards are currently closed. Click here for more information.

UIC Alumni Awards Celebration

Our 2022 Alumni Award honorees are a remarkable group of individuals. Read more about them 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. For more information, please click here.

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UIC Golden Grads

In December 2016, UIC invited graduates of the University of Illinois Medical Center and Circle Campus to commence alongside UIC’s newest alumni to honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation, creating our Golden Graduates Celebration tradition. Members of the honored class don golden robes and caps at the Fall Commencement ceremony in December.

Congratulations to this year’s Golden Grads, the Class of 1971! You may view a recording of the virtual celebration here.

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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.