Awards and Traditions

Nominations for the UIC Alumni Association (UICAA) Alumni Awards are now open! The Alumni Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, Humanitarian Award, and Rising Star Leadership Award are the highest level of UIC alumni awards and recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni.

Nominations are open until Tuesday, April 2, 2019 and will be reviewed by the UICAA Alumni Awards and Traditions Committee in the late spring. Honorees will be announced by June 1, 2019 and awards will be distributed at the UICAA Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 24, 2019.

Click here for a list of 2018 award winners.

For more information about the nomination process or the awards ceremony, please contact Melissa Wilhelm, Director of Special Events, at or 312-355-5890.

2019 Alumni Awards Nomination Forms and Information

2018 Alumni Awards

UIC Alumni Awards Luncheon 2018

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 were 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

Read more about our Alumni Award honorees

Golden Grads

A golden grad walks with an undergraduate

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

an alumnus lights the flame at a basketball game

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

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.

Activities Honorary Society

chancellor with the activities honors 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