SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 27, 2016 14:00 ET

Advisory: University of Calgary kicks off year of 50th Anniversary celebrations

Campus hosts first ever Alumni Weekend

CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - April 27, 2016) - On April 29, the University of Calgary officially marks its 50th Anniversary, launching a year-long celebration beginning with an open house for students, faculty and staff. The date marks exactly 50 years since legislation created the University of Calgary, realizing the dreams of thousands of tenacious Calgarians -- citizens and friends, students and alumni, faculty and staff -- who protested and petitioned over decades to have an independent university. The open house will be an afternoon of inspiration and entertainment, story-telling and memory-sharing, celebration and appreciation. Enjoy interactive displays and a few sweet treats.

Then on Saturday and Sunday the campus will host the first ever Alumni Weekend. This is a chance for alumni and all friends of the university to come visit campus for a two-day gathering that offers a wide range of programming. Saturday is all about learning with lectures, interactive programming, tours, exhibits and keynote presentations. Sunday's programming is more casual with activities to feed the body, soul, mind and spirit, including film programming and family-friendly activities. See Program at a Glance for information on specific lectures, activities and events.

50th Anniversary celebration

Friday, April 29, 2016 (Open House runs 3-5 p.m.)
2:15-3 p.m. Media preview of interactive showcases (VIP entrance on east side of EEEL Building)
3-3:30 p.m. One-on-one interviews with senior officials (Pre-register with Media Relations)

EEEL Building, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW (map)

Senior university officials, please contact media relations to pre-register for an interview

Alumni Weekend

Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
See Program at a Glance for information on specific lectures, activities and events

Locations across campus, see Program at a Glance for details

Media are welcome to park free-of-charge on campus, except in 24-hour reserved spots, loading zones, handicapped stalls and fire lanes. If your vehicle is not a marked media vehicle, please leave a media  business card in your window. 

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:

    thAnniversary Celebration on Friday
    Sean Myers
    Media Relations Advisor
    University of Calgary
    W: 403.220.4756
    C: 403.607.7618

    Alumni Weekend
    Erin Mason
    Marketing Strategist, Alumni
    C: 403.613.0407

    Debra Cummings
    Alumni Publications Editor
    C: 403.397.7611