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

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

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

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

UFV 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 | UFV 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 UFV.

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

Featured programs



UFV 50 Program Fund grants

UFV 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 UFV 50 Program Fund.

Learn more about UFV 50 program fund grants »


Event photo albums

Catch the highlights of our anniversary special events and celebrations.

Opening ceremony — April 4, 2024

UFV Night at the Abby Canucks — April 3, 2024

Health Sciences Gathering — UFV 50

News & events

Why we celebrate
The story of UFV


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.

UFV's 50 Remarkable Alumni

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

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....

Empowering the next generation of physicists »

Stu Chahal, 2006

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

Stu Chahal forges leadership career in IT »

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...”

Ken Hildebrandt engages Abbotsford audiences with thought-provoking theatre »

Shelley Besse, 1999

Surround yourself with good people, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Those are the two biggest lessons Shelley Besse has learned during a 38-year career with First West Credit Union…

From teller to the executive suite »


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

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Get in the spirit
UFV 50 hub

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

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

UFV 50 brand experience hub

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