Medal of Peace

The Medal of Peace was created in 2007 to coincide with the inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The Medal of Peace is awarded to extraordinary individuals who have contributed significantly to build peace with justice at the local or international level and have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of shaping a better world.

"The mandate is to change the world, and that begins with ourselves. Once you become comfortable as a peacemaker, it becomes something instinctual because we know very clearly what the alternative is. We see it every day in our streets." -Martin Sheen, first Medal of Peace recipient during Kroc School's inauguration

Kenneth Hackett, President, Catholic Relief Services and Martin Sheen at the inauguration of the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies on October 17, 2007.

Kenneth Hackett and Martin Sheen

2007 Recipients

Kenneth Hackett, President, Catholic Relief Services and Martin Sheen at the inauguration of the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies on October 17, 2007.

President Mary E. Lyons, PhD. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and William Headley, PhD., Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, at the University of San Diego Medal of Peace Ceremony on February 22, 2008.

Christopher Hill

2008 Recipient

President Mary E. Lyons, PhD. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and William Headley, PhD., Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, at the University of San Diego Medal of Peace Ceremony on February 22, 2008.

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, with the USD Medal of Peace, delivers his talk at the Compassion Without Borders Symposium at University of San Diego on April 18, 2012. Photo by Tim Mantaoni

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

2012 Recipient

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, with the USD Medal of Peace, delivers his talk at the Compassion Without Borders Symposium at University of San Diego on April 18, 2012.

Photo by Tim Mantaoni