In 2010, Laurentian University celebrated its 50th anniversary – a half century – a milestone which evokes reflection of past successes, present endeavours and future aspirations.
Laurentian University continues to be a driving force for Sudbury and northern Ontario. In September 1960 when Laurentian opened its doors as the first bilingual university in northeastern Ontario, it welcomed about 300 full-time students in temporary accommodations in the downtown Sudbury area and offered 16 academic programs.
Fifty years later, Laurentian, situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Ramsey, has grown to become northern Ontario’s largest post-secondary institution, serving more than 9,000 students each year with more than 43,000 proud alumni.
There was indeed much to celebrate in 2010, and numerous events took place to mark this special commemorative year. Our festivities kicked-off in March with our 50th Birthday Launch Party, and were followed with symposiums, conferences, an official visit by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada who officially unveiled Laurentian’s Coat of Arms, a summer alumni reunion weekend, and a special luncheon honouring our first graduates. The year of celebrations ended on a high note when we honoured and celebrated our alumni at Laurentian University’s 50th Anniversary Gala.
Our university’s achievements over this half century and the impact it has had in so many lives is nothing short of remarkable. It is this legacy that we commit to sustain over the next 50 years.