Forever Flames celebrates grads

Forever Flames

Forever Flames

UIC celebrates its graduating class with a send-off April 25 to 28 that will recognize them as Flames forever.

The celebration, known as Forever Flames, includes a variety of events for graduating seniors.

“Having students graduate is one of the best accomplishments for the university, and that’s why we want to dedicate this time to celebrate students,” said Rhonda Laylo, assistant program director of the Center for Student Involvement.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to give back at a blood drive April 25.

Students can pick up graduation essentials in Student Center East April 26.

Seniors can enjoy a barbeque April 27, then take buses to the Cubs game. Tickets for the game are free and reserved for graduating students only; RSVP on UIC Connection ( is required.

A final toast to graduating students takes place April 28.

“We hope that this event can really bring some tradition to students, and that they will have some really great memories in their final moments here at UIC,” Laylo said.

Organizers and sponsors for the events include the Center for Student Involvement, Student Leadership Development & Volunteer Services, Retail Operations and the Office of Advancement.

Use the hashtag #ForeverFlames on social media to share pictures, videos or comments, and follow @UICStudentInvolvement on Instagram for updates.


April 25

“We Bleed Blue and Red” Blood Drive

Bring photo ID or your blood donor card

Noon–5 p.m., Atrium, Student Residence and Commons


April 26

Grad Finale

Get graduation essentials — like caps and gowns, honor cords, portraits and stoles — and decorate caps or create a time capsule.

10 a.m.–2 p.m., Illinois Room, SCE


April 27

Flamin’ BBQ and Cubs Game Outing

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers

BBQ 3 p.m., Halsted Street cul-de-Sac (south of the Hull House Museum)

Bus departure at 5:30 p.m.; game starts at 7:05 p.m., Wrigley Field

RSVP required


April 28

Grad Toast

UIC alumnus toasts graduating students

5–7 p.m., Circle Patio (in front of Student Center East)

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