We are your Oakton. Every student that has ever studied with us, however long ago, remains a part of this institution and its tradition of community. Oakton’s Office of Alumni Relations is continuously working to create and facilitate meaningful opportunities for alumni to engage with the College and each other.

We invite you to stay connected by joining the Alumni mailing list. The Office of Alumni Relations sends periodic updates and invitations to social and networking events to keep you in the Oakton loop.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

2023 Nominations Open Through May 22

The Oakton College Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize former Oakton students who have excelled professionally and provided inspirational service to their community.

The Office of Alumni Relations is currently seeking nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominees for the award must have earned an Oakton degree or certificate or completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at the College. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by a friend, colleague or family member.

Nomination Deadline: Monday, May 22, 2023 (online form below)

Those selected to receive the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award will be notified by early July and honored at an on-campus ceremony on September 28, 2023.

Questions? Contact Kristin Keramidas at or 847.635.1813.


Distinguished Alumni Award 2023 Nomination Form

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Alumni Giving

Many of our alumni choose to give to the Oakton Educational Foundation to help current students continue their education and to invest in the College's future success.

Alumni giving is a “vote of support” in Oakton. It has the power to inspire major donors, foundations and corporations to extend and increase their own support. Alumni gifts, regardless of size, send a message that Oakton is a place worthy of further investment by our community.

Please consider making a contribution today! Online Giving is the easiest and most efficient way to support Oakton. When giving, you may designate your gift to a variety of funds and scholarships. See our Educational Foundation page for more information on how to give.

Alumni Leadership and Connection

Are you an Oakton alum interested in staying connected with the College through service and leadership? Consider joining the Oakton Alumni Council. This group of dedicated volunteers recommends and supports a range of activities and services for alumni, students and the Oakton community. Whether organizing a networking event for fellow alums, serving on a career panel to inform students, or giving voice to alumni and community interests, the Alumni Council is a place to make a difference!

If you are interested in learning more about the Oakton Alumni Council, please contact Oakton’s Office of Alumni Relations at 847.635.1893 or

The Oakton College Alumni Council is the governing body of the Oakton Alumni Association. Comprised of dedicated representatives from Oakton’s alumni community, the Alumni Council recommends, provides, and supports a range of activities and services to alumni, students, and the Oakton community.

Dayani Pieri '09 - Alumni Council Chair
2016 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts

Evan Reed '15 - Alumni Council Vice Chair
Associate in Applied Science, Computer Networking & Systems

Theresa Bashiri - Remetio '09
2019 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts
Public Relations Certificate, Professional Accounting Certificate

Joan Daugherty
Attended 2010 - 2011

Patrick Dunne '08
Associate in Applied Science, Health Information Technology
Coding Certificate

Maria Lazanyi '09
Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts

Sam Lopez '05
Associate of Applied Science, Law Enforcement

Jonathan McFarlane ‘05
Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts

Franklin Ortega
2008 - 2011

Tim Panfil '88 and ‘89
2014 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Associate in Applied Science, Electronics & Computer Technology
Associate in Science, Engineering

Norman Petroski '15
Associate in Applied Science, Management and Supervision

Neha Shafizadah
2008 - 2010

The Oakton Alumni Council represents you! If you have ideas, questions, or would like to share an opinion, please call 847.635.1893 or email us at

Alumni Events

The Office of Alumni Relations plans events throughout the year of special interest to alumni, students, and the Oakton community. We also partner with other departments and programs on campus to engage alumni in the activities of the College community.