President McRobbie, First Lady receive honors during Homecoming

During homecoming weekend, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie were inducted as honorary members of the I Association for their contributions to IU Athletics. They also took part in the weekend’s festivities, including IU's annual Homecoming parade and football game.

"I really am deeply honored to be inducted as an honorary member of the I Association, and to join former IU presidents Herman Wells, Elvis Stahr and John Ryan as honorary members of this prestigious group," President McRobbie said. "I would like to most gratefully thank the I-Association Board of Directors for this honor. For more than 100 years, the I-Association has helped to bring together former IU athletes and others in support of what is one of the nation’s most storied intercollegiate athletics programs."

From the top: IU President Michael A. McRobbie and First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie are recognized during the annual Homecoming football game at Memorial Stadium. President McRobbie accepted and Honorary I Award from the I Association for his support of IU Athletics. The IU president and first lady took part in the annual Homecoming parade. Photos by IU Athletics and Eric Rudd, IU Communications

I Awards are given to student-athletes who earn a varsity letter in intercollegiate sports at Indiana University. Over the course of the organization's 104-year history, however, 70 other individuals have been presented with Honorary I Awards thanks to their involvement and support of IU Athletics.

On the football field at Memorial Stadium during the weekend’s sold-out IU Homecoming game, the McRobbies were also presented with cream and crimson letter jackets.

At the induction ceremony the same weekend, McRobbie expressed his pride in IU Athletics.

"IU's athletic programs have also long reflected the deeply-rooted values of our university community: integrity, a commitment to academic excellence, perseverance in the face of adversity, and a commitment to working hard and to working as part of a team," he said. "These are hallmarks of Indiana athletics."

Read IU President McRobbie's speech from the induction ceremony