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You're invited to celebrate 51's 50th Anniversary

You're invited to celebrate 51's 50th Anniversary

Our remarkable journey from Fraser Valley College to UFV has been inspired by the community spirit of people like you.

Let's celebrate our past, present, and future together.

51 50


Fifty years forward  

Fifty years ago, the community came together to create Fraser Valley College — a place and space for everyone to learn and grow.

In the years since, as FVC then University College of the Fraser Valley became the university we know today, a lot has changed. But much has remained constant: our values of inclusivity, integrity, excellence, and, of course, community.

Join us during this special anniversary year as we honour the past, celebrate our present, and co-create the future.



"As we look to the next 50 years, I invite each of you to join us, as we work together to create a legacy that future generations will be proud of.”

Dr. Joanne MacLean | 51 President & Vice Chancellor

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What's happening?

Opening ceremony — April 4, 2024

Opening ceremony — April 4, 2024

On April 4, we kicked off a year full of recognition and celebration to commemorate the founding of 51.

The ceremony took place simultaneously at 51's Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and Mission campuses, connected by live broadcast.

Featured programs



51 50 Program Fund grants

51 is inviting the university community to mark our 50th anniversary milestone in a way that's meaningful to you. Members of any department or unit across the University, as well as of any student organization that has official status with the University, are welcome to submit a grant proposal through the 51 50 Program Fund.


Event photo albums

Catch the highlights of our anniversary special events and celebrations.

Opening ceremony — April 4, 2024

51 Night at the Abby Canucks — April 3, 2024

Health Sciences Gathering — 51 50

News & events

Why we celebrate
The story of 51


Our History: 1974-2024

Our History: 1974-2024

Follow our journey from college to university over the past 50 years on this timeline. New programs, new buildings, new campuses, and many successes to celebrate, with our community supporting us all along the way.

51's 50 Remarkable Alumni

More than 50,000 people have graduated from 51 since 1974. As part of 51’s 50th anniversary celebrations, we're excited to honour 50 Remarkable Alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields, communities, and beyond.

Sherry Mumford, 1996

Sherry Mumford’s story proves that it’s never too late to learn something new, and it’s never too late to make a difference in your community. Sherry was a mature student and a mom when she came to UFV in the 90s...

Jennifer Owen, 2006

Jennifer Owen experienced the scientific discovery of a lifetime — an amazing and remarkable event. And now, she shares the excitement of discovery with undergraduate students....

Stu Chahal, 2006

Stu Chahal’s time at 51 allowed him to gain expertise and experience in both business and computing—something that has served him well. Launching his career with Cisco Systems...

Ken Hildebrandt, 1996

For theatre graduate Ken Hildebrandt, one art evokes another. “Staging a production is not just having actors moving around the stage,” he says. “The stage is essentially a canvas...”


See the full gallery of remarkable alumni Nominate a remarkable 51 grad

Share your 51 memory on Instagram: #5150

Get in the spirit
51 50 hub

Add 51 50 creative touches to your digital and print materials.

Access digital downloads and templates, see our social media guidelines, and learn how to incorporate 51 50 into your promotional materials this year.

51 50 brand experience hub

Questions about 51's 50th anniversary?

Email 50@ufv.ca

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