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University of Illinois at Chicago New Student and Family Progams

Parents and families are encouraged to be involved in their student’s new community. Whether it is attending an event like Family Weekend, UIC Convocation, or an athletic game, there are many ways to get involved with other families.

UIC Association of Parents

In order to promote the welfare of students, the UIC Association of Parents seeks to foster understanding and cooperation among parents, guardians, and family members. To receive digital newsletters and other information about campus events, visit

UIC Convocation

The UIC Convocation ceremony welcomes new first-year and transfer students. Held before the first day of classes each fall, this event marks the official beginning of a new student’s entry into the UIC academic community. All first-year students are expected to attend. Parents and family members are invited to this free event. You will see faculty members, the chancellor, and Sparky D. Dragon, our UIC mascot.

UIC Athletics

UIC Athletics hopes that all students join in to support UIC athletic teams—and get fired-up when the Flames are in action! All UIC students are free with a valid Event Pass. That doesn’t mean parents and the rest of the family should cheer from home. Attending an athletic event with the family provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to help ignite school spirit. With 18 nationally competitive Division I sports programs, the Flames represent the entire UIC Family. To find affordable tickets, get decked-out in Flames gear, or simply follow the latest news on the UIC teams, visit

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