November 13, 2008: Capilano invites its communities to celebrate its new university designation

      Thursday, November 13, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Come and celebrate with Capilano University as it officially recognizes its new university designation during the week of November 24.

      Community members, Capilano University students, retirees, alumni, faculty and employees are invited to attend a series of celebratory events that start off with an inaugural convocation at the North Vancouver campus on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. in the Sportsplex. This will be followed by events in Squamish on Wednesday, November 26 and in Sechelt on Thursday, November 27.

      “This is an opportunity for us to share with our communities an historic occasion in the story of this institution,” said Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano’s president and vice-chancellor elect. “I encourage everyone to be a part of the celebrations where we can meaningfully recognize those contributions made along the road to our new designation.”

      Come out and meet current university representatives, visit with old friends, make new ones, and find out what having a university in the community will mean. The university’s first-ever chancellor, Peter Ufford, will be installed at the ceremony in North Vancouver, as will the university’s first vice-chancellor and president, Dr. Greg Lee. Both will also be in attendance at the regional celebrations. Entertainment and refreshments will be available at all three events.

      Celebrations include:
      Monday, November 24, 7 - 9 p.m.
      Inaugural Convocation, Sportsplex at the North Vancouver campus, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

      Wednesday, November 26, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
      Squamish Campus Community Celebration, Sea to Sky Hotel ballroom, 40330 Tantalus Way, Squamish

      Thursday, November 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
      Sunshine Coast Campus Community Celebration, Capilano University’s Sunshine Coast campus, 5627 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt.

      RSVP’s can be made online by following the links under Capilano University’s Inaugural Celebrations at

      Capilano College first opened on September 10, 1968, welcoming 784 students to its first classes held in a small building on the grounds of West Vancouver Senior Secondary School.

      In 1973, the College moved to its current location – a 13-hectare campus on Purcell Way in North Vancouver. That same year, it began offering classes in Squamish and expanded in 1977 to provide classes in Sechelt. Permanent facilities were constructed in Sechelt in 1987 to serve the residents of the Sunshine Coast, and in Squamish in 1995 to serve residents throughout the Howe Sound Corridor.

      Students in Capilano’s early days were taught by faculty whose values were reflected in their passion for teaching. Over the years, this commitment has remained undiminished.

      In recognition of Capilano’s reputation for excellence and educational innovation, and in response to the growing needs of lifelong learners, British Columbia’s Premier Gordon Campbell redesignated Capilano College as Capilano University on April 25, 2008. This became official on September 1, 2008.

      “We have become a dynamic, internationally-known university, offering preparatory programs to vocational programs to associate and bachelor degrees,” Lee added. “Our success would not have been possible without the strong support of the communities we serve and we’d like to thank the public for helping to make Capilano University an institution of excellence.”

      Capilano University serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.