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Save the Date for Homecoming & Alumni Awards Weekend 2021! 
September 16–19, 2021

Join us for Homecoming & Alumni Awards Weekend 2021! Enjoy campus tours, the Alumni Awards celebration, and more. New events are added regularly, so check back often!

Reunions: If you are interested in planning a virtual reunion activity for your class, fraternity, sorority, or affinity group, please contact the Office of Constituent Engagement at alumni@iit.edu.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 16

Alumni University Mindy Pugh

Location: Virtual

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM CT


Join university archivist Mindy Pugh as we kick-off our fall Alumni University sessions. Mindy will discuss the history of Bronzeville and the area around Illinois Tech’s campus as well as highlights from her Homecoming trolley tour.

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Friday, September 17

Location: Hermann Hall, McCormick Auditorium, 3241 South Federal Street

Please join us at a communitywide celebration recognizing Raj Echambadi as Illinois Tech’s new president.

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Saturday, September 18

Location: IIT Tower, 19th Floor, 10 W 35th Street

Time: 8:30-10:00 AM CT

 

Join President-Elect Raj Echambadi for a special breakfast just for the Class of 1971.

*Please be advised this event is only open to members of the IIT Class of 1971 and their guests.

Location: Ecko Pool, Keating Sports Center, 3040 South Wabash Avenue

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM CT

Former IIT Varsity Swimmers at IIT are invited to attend.

Homecoming Trolley

Location: IIT Tower, Lobby, 10 W 35th Street

Time: 10:00-10:45 AM CT
 

Join us for a special trolley tour of campus, exclusively for the Class of 1971 and your guests!

*Please be advised this event is only open to members of the IIT Class of 1971 and their guests.

Alumni University Mindy Pugh

Location: Parking Lot, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal Street

Time: 11:00-11:45 AM CT


Please join university archivist Mindy Pugh for a special tour “Before IIT there was Jazz on State: Buildings and Stories from Bronzeville's Jazz Era.” 

Our trolley tour will anchor on the present IIT campus and visit notable sites, including those associated with its past as Armour Institute (1892-1940).   We will also visit the adjacent Bronzeville neighborhood and see buildings and sites associated with its glory days as America's modern jazz and Gospel epicenter in the 1920s.   

Among other sites we will visit the old Sunset Cafe on 35th Street, where jazz great Louis Armstrong played in the late 1920s--and where he made sure to exit ASAP during prohibition-enforcing raids (so he could get the best seat in the paddywagon!).

Location: The corner of 33rd Street and State Street

Time: 11:00 AM-11:45 AM

Join us for the unveiling of "Leon Lederman Way," honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Leon Lederman.  Lederman was a beloved faculty member and researcher, perhaps the most illustrious scientist ever to teach at Illinois Institute of Technology, and Author of best-selling book, The God Particle (1993).

Meet us at the northeast corner of 33rd Street and State Street (in front of MTCC)

All are welcome to attend, especially those alumni who had a class taught by Dr. Lederman!

Location: Keating Sports Center, 3040 South Wabash Avenue

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
 

Former IIT Varsity Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players at IIT are invited to attend.

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Homecoming Alumni Awards

Location: Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal Street

Time: 12:00-2:00 PM CT

Celebrate our 2021 Alumni Award winners and welcome the Class of 1971 into the Golden Society at our awards and reunion luncheon!

Unable to attend in-person? Click here to stream the event live.

Location: Parking Lot, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal Street

Time: 12:00-12:45 PM CT


Join us for a guided tour of campus aboard a trolley! Pre-registration is not required for this event. Available tour times include 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.

Location: Parking Lot, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal Street

Time: 1:00-1:45 PM CT


Join us for a guided tour of campus aboard a trolley! Pre-registration is not required for this event. Available tour times include 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.

Location: Ed Glancy Field, 2967 S Michigan Ave

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM CT
 

Former IIT Varsity Baseball Players at IIT are invited to attend.

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Location: Parking Lot, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal Street

Time: 2:00-2:45 PM CT


Join us for a guided tour of campus aboard a trolley! Pre-registration is not required for this event. Available tour times include 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.

Join us at Kacek Field (the greenspace in front of Kacek Hall) from 3 - 6:45 p.m. for the annual homecoming carnival!

Location: Parking Lot, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal Street

Time: 3:00-3:45 PM CT


Join us for a guided tour of campus aboard a trolley! Pre-registration is not required for this event. Available tour times include 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.

Join us for a Newman reunion in the Bog from 3pm-4pm! Light refreshments will be provided; for more information contact Richard Price (EE'71) at richardgprice@comcast.net.

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Homecoming Walking Tour

Location: Crown Hall Steps, 3360 S State Street

Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM CT

Join Mies van der Rohe Society Director, Cynthia Vranas Olsen (M.S. ARCH '01, Ph.D. '17), AIA for a walking tour of the architectural history of campus.

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Homecoming 4A Mixer

Location: Pritzker Club, MTCC, 3201 S State Street

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM CT


Join members and friends of the African American Alumni Association (4A) for an alumni mixer and cocktail hour!

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Stop by The BOG in Hermann Hall for refreshments, light snacks and fun!

Sunday, September 19

Pumpkin Launch Flyer 2021

Location: Ed Glancy Field, 2967 S Michigan Ave

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM CT (launch at 2:15 PM CT)

 

Join us for the annual pumpkin launching contest! Attendees will also enjoy a variety of pumpkin-themed fun, including a pumpkin bouncy house, pumpkin painting, pumpkin snacks, and more!

No registration is required to attend this event, but if you are interested in participating in the launch, click here.

Alumni Awards Winners 2021

2021 Alumni Awards

Since 1946, Alumni Awards have been presented to Illinois Institute of Technology's most accomplished, innovative, and influential alumni. Alumni Award winners add to our university's rich history of visionaries who make the Illinois Tech community proud. Join us for the awards ceremony for this year’s recipients.

Want to learn more about Alumni Awards or interested in submitting a nomination? Click here

Learn more about Alumni Awards

Illinois Tech Architecture Tour

Join Illinois Tech Alumna and Director of the Mies van der Rohe Society, Cynthia Vranas Olsen (M.ARCH '01, Ph.D. '17) for a guided virtual tour of the Illinois Tech main campus.

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