The start of something amazing: Durham College kicks off 50th anniversary year

With 2017 marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of Durham College (DC), one of the first colleges established under the Ontario college system, DC today announced ‘The Start of Something Amazing’, a year-long celebration of the college’s past and future.

“DC has come a long way since we first opened our doors in 1967 to 205 students learning in 16 portable classrooms,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “For five decades we have been committed to meeting the needs of students, business and industry and we can’t wait to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished together, in Durham Region and beyond, while looking ahead to what we will achieve next.”

To celebrate, the college will be weaving anniversary festivities into more than 50 events and activities over the course of the year. This includes the public 50th anniversary kick-off taking place at DC’s annual alumni and employee night at the Oshawa Generals game on Friday, January 13; the college’s annual spring and fall open house events being held on Saturday, March 25 and Saturday, November 18; and the third annual Harvest Dinner to be held at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food on Thursday, September 21.

In addition, the college will host two signature 50th anniversary events in 2017. This includes a two-day homecoming celebration on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, and a skating party scheduled for December 2017 to commemorate the end of the college’s 50th celebrations.

“Staying connected to our DC family members and the broader community is always top of mind for Durham College, but our 50th anniversary year provides a natural opportunity to take those connections to the next level,” said Lovisa. “We are encouraging everyone – prospective, current and future students; employees; retirees; alumni; business and industry partners; and community groups – to visit the college’s 50th anniversary website and learn how they can join the celebration by sharing memories, attending events and spreading the word that DC is celebrating the start of something amazing!”

While the campaign theme is a nod to the amazing impact that more than 76,000 alumni have made in our community, it also speaks to the college’s vision for the future. This includes the construction of the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) at the Oshawa campus, a legacy project tied to the 50th anniversary. A crossroad of education, services, supports and community, the CFCE will serve as a unique academic and cultural access point for students that brings together local, Indigenous and global community groups along with members of key business sectors while also providing a new home for several of DC’s most innovative programs.

“As we prepare for our sixth decade, Durham College remains committed to staying at the forefront of ‘what’s next’ for industry, business, culture and society , all in service of our students – past, present and future – which is exactly what the CFCE will embody,” said Lovisa.

As one of the first colleges established under the Ontario college system, DC is also sharing its 50th anniversary year with the province’s 23 other colleges of applied arts and technology. Colleges Ontario has a dedicated 50th anniversary website where more information on province-wide celebrations can be found.

For more information on DC’s 50th celebrations, including a complete list of upcoming events, facts, photos, videos and more, visit the college’s 50th anniversary website.