Awards and Traditions

Alumni Awards

UIC Alumni Award Celebration 2019

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 2019 UIC Alumni Awards, who were celebrated at the Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 24, 2019.

Click here to learn more about the 2019 Alumni Award Winners.

To view photos from the 2019 Alumni Award Celebration, click here.

UICAA Alumni Awards Nominations

The UIC Alumni Association (UICAA) Awards and Traditions Committee is delighted to announce that they are now accepting nominations for Alumni Awards 2020. Please click on the link below for more information about the nomination process, timeline, and award criteria for the 2020 Alumni Awards cycle. The awards will be distributed at the UIC Alumni Association Alumni Awards Ceremony, which will be held on November 5, 2020.

Nominations for 2020 are now closed.

Golden Grads

UIC Golden Grads

In December 2016, 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.  Read about the Class of 1969’s ceremony.

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 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.

Circle Campus & UIC History

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.