IUPUI 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash


January 24, 2019 12:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m.

Who's Invited:


Faculty and Staff



Donors and Partners


Christine Fitzpatrick


About the Event:

On January 24, 1969, Indiana University, Purdue University, city, and state leaders officially created the IUPUI campus. 

Celebrate IUPUI's official birthday with FREE cake and refreshments, music and dancing, Stuff-a-Jag, 360º photo booth, 3-D virtual campus tour across the decades and MORE throughout the day. Explore the past, present and future of IUPUI at this highlight event of our 50th Anniversary year! If you are on the 50th Anniversary event page, scroll down to see the Photo Gallery.


Campus Center


Relive the day's best moments

IUPUI celebrated its 50th Birthday on January 24, 2019. The day-long celebration began with Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar's Report to the Community; continued with a party for all of IUPUI's students, staff, and faculty; and ended with A Toast to IUPUI with alumni, Senior Academy members, and many friends of IUPUI. Cheers to 50 years!

The 50th Anniversary Report to the Community.
IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar speaks at the Report to the Community.
IU President Michael A. McRobbie speaks at the Report to the Community.
The IUPUI Choral Ensemble performs at the Report to the Community.
Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett shake hands at the Report to the Community.
All living past and present Indianapolis Mayors wear their Chancellor's Medallions.
The Campus Center during the Birthday Bash.
Chancellor Paydar and some students dance.
IUPUI students pose with Mayor Joe Hogsett at the photo booth.
A woman takes a selfie with a balloon display.
Chancellor Paydar tries the virtual reality station.
The 50 topper on the tiered birthday cake.
Three girls have fun at the photo booth.
People dance on the light up floor.
Two girls stand with their stuffed jaguars.
IU Alumni Association CEO J.T. Forbes, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director for Alumni Engagement, Andrea Simpson, and CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association Ralph Amos.
Rows of champagne flutes
Chancellor's Medallion winners from the Toast to IUPUI stand with Chancellor Paydar at the photo booth.
Director of the 50th Anniversary Christine Fitzpatrick and Jazzy the Jaguar mascot cut the tiered 50th Anniversary cake.
The IUPUI Campus Center lit up at night.

Photos by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

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