An amazing start to the next 50 years
In January, we launched a year-long celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Durham College (DC), one of the first colleges established under the Ontario college system. Now, as 2017 winds down, DC continues to rev up for the next 50 amazing years ahead.
On the immediate horizon for DC’s next 50 years is the construction of innovative, high-quality learning environments on campus. These include the Centre for Collaborative Education at the Oshawa campus, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary that is scheduled to open in fall 2018, and construction of a two-storey galleria at the Whitby campus that will provide much needed touchdown space and collaboration zones for students.
The Whitby galleria will also have strong ties to the college’s 50th anniversary as its construction is being funded through DC’s portion of a $50-million grant provided to Ontario’s 24 public colleges by the provincial government. The idea to establish a legacy fund of $50 million for 50 years was proposed by DC president Don Lovisa, who is also chair of the Colleges Ontario 50th anniversary task force, in order to benefit all Ontario colleges in a meaningful way.
From the warm welcome back to campus that started the winter semester to DC’s annual Research Day, spring and fall convocation ceremonies to Homecoming Weekend – and so much more – the DC family has enjoyed a year full of events to remember as we’ve celebrated our past while looking ahead to what we’ll accomplish next.
DC's 50th anniversary year has also provided an incredible opportunity for students, alumni, employees, retirees and community partners to share their stories and photos capturing their own amazing starts and experiences in connection with the college. We hope everyone will continue to explore and enjoy these memories throughout this anniversary site.
View a collection of 50th Anniversary inspired videos, check back often as we will continue to add new videos.
If you’d like to join us in celebrating the start of something amazing use the form below to submit a link or file to your personal 50th inspired video.
What started as a mentor’s encouragement to attend Durham College (DC) for Public Relations, quickly set Andy Popko on the path to an extraordinary career full of meaning and passion creating opportunities for Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Beginning his career in 1978 with Calgary-based EnCana, one of the world’s leading independent oil and gas companies, Popko never imagined public relations could be his calling until his…Read more... Featured Alumni
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