Humber's first convocation, 1968

Humber's first convocation ceremony, 1968

Humber opened its doors to its very first students on September 11, 1967.

That year, there were 439 students and about 30 instructors. Extra-curricular activities included a baby carriage race, a formal dance, hockey and curling games, drama productions, a school newspaper called Ad Hoc and something called “The Pink Onion.”

The editor of The Collage, Humber’s first yearbook, called the new school “a practical dream which has come true in a world of reality.”

And that’s exactly what it was.

Ontario’s college system started in 1967, when the Ontario provincial government created 24 colleges of applied arts and technology in response to a growing need for skilled workers and accessible, affordable career education. Humber’s first campus was at 3495 Lake Shore Boulevard West, just west of the current Lakeshore campus.

Since then, the college has changed. Significantly.

Almost 30,000 students.

Three campuses.

More than 180 programs, including certificates, diplomas, postgraduate programs and honours bachelor’s degrees.

215,000 alumni.

To mark Humber’s 50th anniversary, there are some great things planned.

There’s a celebratory website, with archival photos, alumni profiles and an ongoing series of “memorable moments” from each academic school.

There’s also a 50th anniversary scholarship – funding that will make the Humber experience more accessible and affordable for more students.

Finally, there are a ton of fun events, including an alumni reunion, a commemorative speakers’ series and an arts festival.

The year will be filled with opportunities both to look back and reminisce, and look forward and plan for the future.

To stay up-to-date on all the 50th anniversary activities, check in regularly to humber50.ca.

Black and white photo of a giant cake