In celebration of U-M’s bicentennial


As the University of Michigan prepares to launch a yearlong celebration of its 200th year, the Record presents a comprehensive roundup of bicentennial activities ranging from colloquia to exhibits to spring, summer and fall festivals.

One constant through the years has been the Diag. U-M will celebrate its bicentennial in 2017 with the theme “Always Leading, Forever Valiant.”

Special alumni award helps highlight U-M’s past, herald its future

The university is creating a special Bicentennial Alumni Award for its 200th year, honoring 20 people who embody the breadth and excellence of its more recent alumni.

Opening colloquium features U.S. Justice Sotomayor, German Justice Baer

​The U-M of tomorrow and yesteryear will intersect in very public ways as the bicentennial kicks off in January 2017 with the first Presidential Bicentennial Colloquium featuring leading jurists from two of the world’s largest democracies.

Discussion examines bargain between research universities, society

The leaders of many of the most prestigious universities in the world will convene during U-M’s bicentennial year to discuss and debate the public mission — and the public’s support — of research universities.

Final colloquium looks to future of university with design competition

How will U-M look and function in 2067? That is for today’s community to envision as part of the university’s bicentennial celebration.

LSA theme semesters to examine U-M’s past, present and future

To celebrate the university’s 200th birthday, LSA will dedicate its winter and fall 2017 semesters to exploring the history and future of U-M through its people and their impact on the world.

Bicentennial honors ties to city of Detroit, native peoples

Two centuries after its founding in Detroit, the university will celebrate its birthplace with a variety of bicentennial activities throughout 2017.

True Blue! tribute to highlight distinguished alumni

James Earl Jones, Darren Criss and Cecilia Muñoz are among the distinguished alumni who will join U-M students and faculty in “True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan,” a live multimedia performance celebrating Michigan’s 200 years.

Bicentennial exhibits

Groups across the campus are planning bicentennial events of all styles and formats, from dance and art to photo exhibitions, scholarly colloquia and national conferences.

Bicentennial merchandise proceeds to support student scholarships

Maize-and-blue merchandise that promotes U-M’s first 200 years will help support students enrolled in Michigan’s third century of teaching and research.

UMich200 Spring Festival

Schedule of events.

Summer festival to celebrate university staff

The longtime contributions of U-M staff will be the focus of the UMich200 Summer Festival, complemented by the long-running Ann Arbor Summer Festival and its eclectic programming.

Bicentennial finale planned at Third Century Expo

The Third Century Expo will be U-M’s bicentennial finale, blanketing the heart of Central Campus during the UMich200 Fall Festival.

UMich200 Fall Festival

Schedule of events.

Bicentennial themes

Serving the People, Teaching Powerfully, Pursuing Ideas, Creating and Inventing, Challenging Society, and Forever Hailing

Bicentennial resources

Learn more about the U-M bicentennial and the history of the university.

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