Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Proceeds from the Annual Convocation Celebration are used toward the Student Laureate Program.

Since the program’s inception in 1975, over 2,000 students have been so honored.

2019 Lincoln Academy Laureates

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"Thank you to our 2019 Laureate Convocation Sponsors!"

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Friends of Laureate Sergeant Robert James Miller.
Major General John Borling, Chancellor Tom Johnson,
Springfield 2012

Robert Lane,
Rock Island 2013

Governor Pat Quinn
and Senator Hillary Clinton,
Chicago 2014

Chicago 2014

Springfield 2015

Douglas Oberhelman
for Laureate Robert Gilmore,
Peoria 2016

Procession, Peoria 2016

Shirley Madigan, Ethel Holladay, Jane Denes, Gayl Pyatt

Frank Clark, Chicago 2017

Emeritus Member Peter Alexander
and Regent Eric Trimble

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Edward L. McMillan

Nancy Goodman Brinker

Chad Pregracke

2020 LAUREATE CONVOCATION

Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Normal on the campus of Illinois State University – Civic Committee Chairs Mrs. Marlene & President Larry Dietz

Clark Pritzker

Frank Clark, Chancellor, and The Honorable Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker, President of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

MISSION STATEMENT

To honor individuals whose outstanding contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name we bear. These individuals, reflective of the diverse populace of the State of Illinois, are named Laureates of the Academy and receive the “Order of Lincoln,” the State of Illinois’ highest award, at an annual Convocation.

To honor one outstanding senior from each of the four year not-for-profit degree granting institutions and one outstanding senior from among all of the community college students who, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, demonstrated leadership and service in his or her campus or community and excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs, to be named Student Laureates and receive the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and the Lincoln Medallion.

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– Martin Luther King Jr

One of our favorite parts of the Student Laureate Ceremony is the After-Ceremony Luncheon with our Student Laureates and many of our members. Have you seen the photos from our luncheon yet? If you were there, chime in with some of your favorite topics you discussed!

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One of our favorite parts of the Student Laureate Ceremony is the After-Ceremony Luncheon with our Student Laureates and many of our members. Have you seen the photos from our luncheon yet? If you were there, chime in with some of your favorite topics you discussed! 

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The Order of Lincoln honors individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplished in Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence. It is the state’s highest award for professional achievement and public service.

Funds raised at the Academy’s Order of Lincoln Convocation help provide the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement awards and the ‘Lincoln Medallion’ which will be presented by the Academy’s President to each of 57 Student Laureates at a separate ceremony held in Springfield later this year.

Thus, the Lincoln Academy honors the Great Citizens of Today and Celebrates the Great Citizens of Tomorrow — knowing that now, as always, our state and nation need what Vachel Lindsay called ‘Lincoln-hearted’ men and women.

Mr. Lincoln would be proud.

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