Bicentennial Medal

Honoring Distinguished and Distinctive Service

Leave your mark on IU history by designing the Bicentennial Medal and/or nominating individuals to receive the award. The Bicentennial Medal is awarded to individuals who through their personal, professional, artistic, or philanthropic efforts have broadened the reach of Indiana University to people, audiences, and places around the world. It honors distinguished and distinctive service, broadly defined, in support of Indiana University’s mission as a public university.

Nominations and Awards

Nominations for the medal will open in summer 2018 and close on January 20, 2019. A nomination form will be available on this website. In Spring 2019, a selection committee will make recommendations to the President of Indiana University for final approval. The medals will be awarded to recipients during the 2019-2020 academic year, at the Bicentennial Opening Weekend (September 26-28, 2019), Founders Day (January 20, 2020), the Bicentennial Gala (June 6, 2020), and other official events.

Design and Competition

Modeled after the State of Indiana Bicentennial Medal, the Indiana University Centennial Medal, and existing presidential medals given by IU, the Office of the Bicentennial is hosting a design competition that is open to the public. One side of the Bicentennial Medal will feature the university seal, while the other will feature a unique design submitted to the Office of the Bicentennial. The medal will be cast out of metal from the old Student Building bells that burned in a campus fire in 1990. The design competition will open on Founders Day, January 20, 2018 and close on IU Day, April 18, 2018. The winning design will be announced in summer 2018.