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50th Anniversary Signature Event

50th Anniversary Kickoff

September 4, 2012 | McKinnon Gym 

Amidst much cheering, UVic welcomed new students and officially announced the start of the 50th anniversary celebrations on September 4, 2012.

To celebrate the beginning of UVic’s 50th anniversary, the UVic community was invited to experience the energy of the 50th class at the opening Convocation ceremony for new students.

One of the highlights of the event was Craig Kielburger's inspiring keynote address. As the founder of Free the Children and co-founder of Me to We, Craig encouraged the audience to engage in social change and to utilize their university education to better the world.  Following Craig’s speech, President Turpin formally announced the beginning of the 50th anniversary. Faculty and staff joined in with the students in a competition to cheer for their Faculty.  

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the Anniversary Kickoff, from all the participants who cheered throughout, to the faculty and staff, Craig Kielburger, the platform party, the volunteers, Thunder and Student Transition Services.   



Event video

View the video of the 50th Anniversary Kickoff.

50th Anniversary Kickoff event video



Event photos

See event highlights below.  View the full photo gallery on Flickr.

Wristbands gave the new students access to a whole day of orientation. Credit: UVic Photography The McKinnon Gym starting to fill up before the Kickoff. Credit: UVic Photography. Thunder points to the audience during the Kickoff. Credit: UVic Photography. Thunder arrives at the Kickoff. Credit: UVic Photography. UVic Elders lead the procession to the stage. Credit: UVic Photography. The academic procession. Credit: UVic Photography. Catherine A. Mateer, AVP Academic Planning and President Turpin in the academic procession. Credit: UVic Photography. The stage is set and the celebrations are ready to be kicked off! Credit: UVic Photography. The audience at the Kickoff and NSW. Credit: UVic Photography. Credit: UVic PhotographyStudents cheer for their faculty! Credit: UVic Photography Dr. John Archibald, Dean of Humanities encourages the crowd to cheer the loudest for Humanities. Credit: UVic Photography. President Turpin officially announces UVic's 50th anniversary. Credit: UVic Photography. The crowds raise their hands in the We Day symbol. Credit: UVic Photography. Craig Kielburger inspires the crowd. Credit: UVic Photography Craig Kielburger's speech captivated the audience. Credit: UVic Photography Applause for Craig Kielburger. Credit: UVic Photography President Turpin, Craig Kielburger, Reeta Tremblay and Jim Dunsdon. Credit: UVic Photography The academic procession led by Dr Archibald and President Turpin leave the stage. Credit: UVic Photography 

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