Spring Convocation 2021

The Honors College is committed to recognizing the Spring 2021 Honors College Graduates.  You have worked so hard to get to this point, and we want to applaud your achievements.

Presenting the Class of 2021

Visit the Honors College Spring 2021 Virtual Celebration!

In conjunction with the UIC Commencement Committee and MarchingOrder.com, we are proud to honor the Honors College Graduating Class of 2021 with a virtual celebration.  Your celebration will launch at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 8. The video links will be available for viewing for one year.
Event Spring 2021 Honors College Virtual Celebration
Date May 8, 2021
Time 2:00 pm
Weblink Honors College Virtual Ceremony

Virtual Celebration Program

Welcome Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean's Remarks Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Keynote Address Evelyn Figueroa, MD
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, UIC College of Medicine
Director, UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry
Student Address Jocelyn Bravo
Class of 2021
Presentation of Class of 2021 Slideshow
A list of all graduates and their accomplishments is available.
Virtual Presentation of Honors Gold Stoles Video

Keynote Speaker

Evelyn Figueroa, MD
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, UIC College of Medicine
Director, UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry

Dr. Evelyn Figueroa is a Professor, UIC Family Medicine Residency Program Director, and the Director of the UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1999, Dr. Figueroa earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and subsequently completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital. In 2007, Dr. Figueroa completed the UIC Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship. She is board certified in family medicine and focuses her primary care practice in vulnerable populations work, such as reproductive justice, LGBTQIA* health, substance use disorders, maternity care, and the care of children.

Dr. Figueroa spent her early career focusing on women’s health and maternity care, but presently devotes substantial energy to social determinants of health work, education, and activism. She does this through the direction and coordination of service learning programs in homelessness and food justice in addition to leading bias in healthcare educational sessions for her department. Dr. Figueroa believes that health equity cannot be achieved unless the impacts of racism, heterosexism, sexism, poverty, violence, and unequal social opportunities are addressed for patients. For her social justice teaching and advocacy, Dr. Figueroa has been honored with multiple awards, such as the 2012 Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year, the 2014 UIC-COM Rising Star in Family Medicine Award, the 2015 Urban Health Program Social Justice Award, the 2017 Health and Medicine Research Policy Group Medicine Award, and the 2019 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine President’s Award

Dr. Figueroa founded and directs the UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry, serves as volunteer medical director for the Pacific Garden Mission homeless shelter medical clinic, and was recently inducted as a fellow into the Institute of Medicine-Chicago. In addition, Dr. Figueroa is the Executive Co-Director of the Figueroa Wu Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that conducts anti-poverty work. The Foundation supported a 2017-18 medical social brigade in remote southwest Puerto Rico and, in January 2018, founded the UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry. The Pantry services a large undocumented immigrant population and distributed over 500,000 pounds of food and household items last year. The Pantry expanded into literacy activism with the Pilsen Little Free Library in 2019. Planning is underway to develop a medical legal partnership to better support the Pilsen community.

Student Speaker

Jocelyn Bravo

Jocelyn Bravo will complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Sociology.  Jocelyn has spent much of her time at UIC as a student leader.  She was elected as the UIC Student Trustee to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Prior to this, she served as the president of the Honors College Advisory Board, and as vice-president of the Undergraduate Student Government.  She has also been president of the UIC Economics Club and vice-president of fellowship for Alpha Phi Omega.  She has received the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award and has been inducted into the Activities Honorary Society.

Jocelyn developed her Honors Capstone, entitled “No Voice, No Vote?”: Analyzing Undocumented Latino Political Engagement and NonCitzen Voting Rights in the United States, from work she conducted as an Urban Public Policy Fellow.   After graduation, Jocelyn plans to work for several years before she applies to graduate school for a degree in public policy.  Her long-term goals include running for public office, either on the local or federal level.

Messages from the Class of 2021

The Honors College is proud to feature additional messages from members of the 2021 graduating class – Nandini Sarup and Sarah Hassan.

Riddle Prize for Most Outstanding Graduate

Wasan Kumar, Class of 2021

The Honors College proudly awards the Donald and Leah Riddle Prize to one outstanding graduating senior regardless of major field.  The award is based on academic excellence and leadership. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a $1,000 cash prize. The Riddle Prize is made each year in recognition of the former UIC Chancellor Donald Riddle and his wife Leah and honors the Riddles’ contribution to the campus.

This year’s recipient is Wasan Kumar.  Wasan graduates summa cum laude with a major in Neuroscience and minors in Global Asian Studies and Public Policy.  He has served as the Undergraduate Student Government President for 2020-2021 academic year, where he has actively advocated for change on campus.  He is also an accomplished researcher; he has beek published for his research in cellular neuroscience and completed his Honors casptone on cadmium environmental exposure as a promotor of vascular inflammation and a risk factor for atherosclerosis with Dr. Andre Balla in the Department of Pathology.  He was honored as a 2020 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, and was named as a finalist for the presitgious Rhodes Fellowship.  He was previously named as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, a Newman Civic Fellow, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Wasan will attend Stanford Medical School on a full schoalrship in the fall.

For more information about this inspiring graduate: https://today.uic.edu/inspiring-grads-wasan-kumar

Faculty Awards

Each year, Honors College students nominate outstanding Faculty to be honored in three categories:  Fellow of the Year, Capstone Supervisor of the Year, and Instructor of the Year. We congratulate the following faculty:

Fellow of the Year:  Dr. Darryl D. Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs; Director, Urban Health Program; and Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry

Honors College Faculty Fellows are UIC faculty members who are individually assigned to provide personalized advising and mentoring to students from the sophomore year on.

Nominated by Nada Marei : “Dr. Pendleton truly provides awesome advice and ensures that all of my questions are fully answered. He is always there to motivate me, support
me, encourage me, and make me feel special by having such an awesome mentor!“

Capstone Supervisor of the Year:  Dr. Robert F Klie, Assistant Professor of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

This recognition is given annually to one of the many faculty members who guide our students’ Senior Capstone projects.

Nominated by Lopa Bhatt : “One of my favorite things about [Dr. Klie} is that he’s always had an open-door policy so that I could ask him questions whenever – whether it dealt with research, classes, or dealing with stress. ….. He created an environment of positivity, curiosity and fun that I will miss dearly when I graduate.”

Instructor of the Year: Dr. Anna C. Roosevelt, Professor of Anthropology College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Course: HON 125 – Explaining Conflict in the Congo: From Indigenous Kingdoms to Decolonization and its Aftermath)

This recognition is given annually to a member of the faculty who teaches our first-year Honors Core courses as well as our Honors Seminars for upperclassmen.

Nominated by Temiloluwa Sodipe : “She shares so much history in the classroom, and it is phenomenal to witness the … professional that she is, as she gives us insights and advice that transcends
typical learning. I believe that a good teacher is someone who can deliver course content succinctly, but a great teacher is someone who can do that, as well as provide students with the skills and
experiences necessary to benefit them beyond the classroom, and Professor Roosevelt does just that, and goes beyond..”

For more details about these faculty, please visit our Faculty of the Year page.  We thank you, and all of our faculty, for your dedication and service to the students of the Honors College.

Honors College Gold Stoles

The Honors College Gold Stole is a visible symbol of your accomplishment as a graduate of the Honors College.  Students are invited to wear this with all other graduation regalia.

In order to receive your gold stole, you must submit a graduation declaration and be on track to complete the Honors College requirements.  TO RECEIVE YOUR GOLD STOLE: Please submit your GRADUATION DECLARATION.

Gold Stole Video

To highlight the significance of graduating from the Honors College, we have compiled a video featuring you receiving your gold stole.

Student Caps and Gowns

Student regalia is not required for virtual graduation, but will be required for any in-person ceremonies to be scheduled at a later date.

Caps and gowns are be available for purchase from the UIC Bookstore website, uicbookstore.org. beginning on April 5.   Items ordered from the UIC Bookstore website will be available for in-store pick-up Mon-Fri. from 10 am to 4 pm, curbside pick-up Mon-Fri. from 10 am to 2 pm or orders can be shipped via UPS ground.  All in stock items will ship within 2 business days, and typically take 3 – 5 business days to arrive.

Below you will find the pricing for the caps and gowns.

Bachelor Regalia- $59.99
Bachelor Gown- $23.99
Bachelor Cap- $9.99
Bachelor Tassel- $7.99
Custom stole- $34.99

Latin Honors Policy

Latin Honors listed below will appear on UIC transcripts for undergraduate students who earned degrees Summer 2004 or thereafter. UIC will reserve the right to make permanent adjustments to the list of students receiving Latin Honors based on final semester grade point average. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Summa Cum Laude Gold Cord 3.90 and above GPA
Magna Cum Laude Silver Cord 3.75 to 3.89
Cum Laude Bronze Cord 3.50 to 3.74

In-Person Graduation Experiences

UIC will host an in-person graduation experience for students to have their moment in the spotlight!

While the Honors College will not be available to share this moment with you, these gatherings will allow you the experience of crossing the stage as your name is announced to be congratulated by UIC leadership and have a professional photograph taken.

We invite you to bring two guests to enjoy the experience live with you, and it will be webcast for other family and friends to enjoy.  Participants will be grouped into 15-minute time slots. Registration is required via the Marching Order platform.

These experiences will be held May 7 – 9 at the UIC Dorin Forum located at 725 West Roosevelt.  Registration is required.  The link to register will be sent on Friday, April 2.

The slides used for the Marching Order for your virtual ceremony will also be used at your in-person graduation experience.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all graduates and guests to gain access to the facility.  Graduates may temporarily remove their masks for a photo.

Registration will be open from April 2 – April 20.  The registration link will be sent to your UIC email address.

Additional Information

Please check the UIC Commencement website for additional details related to the Spring 2021 UIC Commencement ceremonies: www.commencement.uic.edu

Further Questions?

Please contact Associate Dean Stacie McCloud at smccloud@uic.edu.

 Congratulations to all our graduates!