MacEwan launches 50th anniversary website and prepares for a year of celebration

September 22, 2021 | Campus Life


50th anniversary flags are among the first signs of celebration on campus.

MacEwan University is marking 50 years and inviting students, faculty, staff, alumni and our community to celebrate our history, our people and our future.

“Over the past five decades, MacEwan has evolved,” says Dr. Annette Trimbee, president and vice-chancellor, in a video kicking off the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations. “We’ve grown from our roots as a community college into an exceptional undergraduate university embedded in the core of Edmonton's Ward, O-day’min – the heart through which the North Saskatchewan River runs.”

Since Grant MacEwan Community College was founded in 1971, the now-university has had four different names, offered dozens of programs, been led by six presidents, graduated 80,000 alumni, and called close to 20 different teaching and administrative sites home.

Fifty key moments from the university’s history are highlighted in a digital timeline launched today as part of a new website that will showcase stories, events and initiatives celebrating MacEwan’s 50th anniversary.

Several initiatives are also being planned to mark the significant milestone over the coming months, from opening and sealing time capsules to building photo mosaics and hosting anniversary-focused events when it is safe to do so. The university will also launch an ambitious 10-year strategic vision and directions, creating a strong foundation for MacEwan’s next 50 years.

“We’re just getting started,” says Dr. Trimbee. “And I hope you’ll join us throughout the year, sharing your stories, connecting with us and celebrating our MacEwan community.”

Share your MacEwan stories from the past 50 years, learn more about our history and watch for anniversary-related activities at


Take a look back

Explore 50 key moments in MacEwan's history highlighted in our digital timeline.

50th Snapshot: Dr. Glenn Ruhl

Read the first in a series of snapshots looking back at MacEwan's first 50 years. 


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