Questions about the 50th anniversary
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 was our first official day of celebrations. This day was the beginning of our Winter Academic Session, and we marked the beginning of the anniversary with the 50th Anniversary Kickoff. The Kickoff invited the UVic community to experience the energy of the 50th class at the opening Convocation ceremony for new students.
Technically, our 50th anniversary date is July 1, 2013, 50 years to the day when UVic was granted university status by the Province of British Columbia.
We celebrated the 50th anniversary during the period of September 2012 to June 2013 as this permitted as many of our students, staff, faculty, alumni and local community members as possible to participate in the events planned to commemorate our first 50 years.
UVic had a long and distinguished educational record as Victoria College. Our origins go back to 1903 when Victoria College offered first and second year arts and sciences courses from Montreal’s McGill University. In 1920, Victoria College became affiliated with the University of British Columbia. UVic's university status took effect on July 1, 1963.
For a complete up-to-date overview of the history of UVic, pick up UVic's 50th Anniversary Book - Reaching Outward and Upward by Professor Emeritus Ian McPherson available at the UVic Bookstore.
The 50th Anniversary Organizational's team's role was to promote and inform students, faculty, staff, alumni and our local community about the many exciting opportunities that were part of UVic’s 50th anniversary.
The team took the lead in planning, organizing and implementing the university’s 50th anniversary signature events. The 50th Anniversary Organizational Team is part of Ceremonies and Events and we report to the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee and Joy Davis, Interim Director of Ceremonies and Events.
The 50th Anniversary Planning Committee’s mandate was to guide the overall strategic planning and direction of the 50th anniversary program of events. The committee was chaired by Dr. Carmen Charette, Vice-President of External Relations. The work of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee was supported by the 50th Anniversary Organizational Team.
Visit events to browse highlights from the 50th anniversary celebrations.