Our University has a rich and complex history in Chicago.

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

Since 1950, the Activities Honorary Society (AHS) has recognized undergraduate students whose leadership in a variety of student organizations has contributed to a better University of Illinois at Chicago community. The Activities Honorary Society 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.

Alumni Awards

On September 18, 2015, the University and Chancellor Michael Amiridis honored five alumni who have changed the world in meaningful ways, across many fields.

Lighting of the Flame/Torch Bearer Program

The Advancement office partners with the 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.

2016 UIC Torch Bearers

  • February 6, UIC vs. Valparaiso: Rick Schmidt, College of Engineering ’84 & ’91
  • February 19, UIC vs. Detroit: Taylor Casino, College of Business ‘16
  • February 21, UIC vs. Oakland: Dr. Robert Brunetti, College of Dentistry ‘78