Awards and Traditions

activities honorary society students with chancellor amiridis

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

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.

Alumni Awards

On September 22, 2016, UIC and Chancellor Michael Amiridis honored three alumni for the remarkable success they have achieved in their lives and work.

Distinguished Service Award

Christine Schwartz (BS ’70, NURS)

Alumni Achievement Award

Mi Ja Kim (PhD ’75, MED)
Rina K. Dukor (BS ’86, MS ’87, PhD ’91, LAS)

The 2017 Alumni Awards luncheon will be held on September 28th on the UIC campus.

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.

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.