60 years that changed the world

From its founding in 1957, the University of Waterloo has defied convention, breaking new ground, crossing old boundaries and challenging the status quo. Our 60th anniversary has been an opportunity to celebrate the stories that have shaped us, and to paint a vision of a bright future yet to come.

Some final thoughts on the 60th anniversary

Historical photo of person drinking from the beer tower

A look back at the 60th Anniversary, Part Four

Students working on computer, historical

A look back at the 60th anniversary, Part Three

People dressed in Canadian flags on stilts

As Waterloo's 60th anniversary reached its midpoint, the temperature was definitely rising throughout the summer, with celebrations continuing across campus. 

A look back at the 60th anniversary, Part Two

Students standing with donation cans

As the University's 60th Anniversary celebrations continued through the dead of winter and into spring, a number of events took place across campus commemorating sixty years of innovation.

A look back at the 60th anniversary, Part One

Speaker on stage

Inaugural President’s Community Impact Award winners named

David Marskell of THEMUSEUM, Mary Jane Patterson, President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Idrisa Pandit, and Sally Gunz.

David Marskell of THEMUSEUM, Mary Jane Patterson, President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Idrisa Pandit, and Sally Gunz.

Gala celebrated sixty years of innovation

President Hamdullahpur at gala

A gala event hosted by President Feridun Hamdullahpur celebrated the outstanding alumni, partners, students, faculty and staff who have invested in the University of Waterloo's past, present and future.

Beautiful U: Waterloo: A Series in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary

Wendy Fletcher's Beautiful U: Waterloo

The paintings in this series are a collection of 11 canvases done in oil and acrylic with glass, charcoal, gold leaf and calligraphy ink: one canvas which gathers all of the branding colours of the University, one for each of the 6 faculties and one each- to be hung as a collective-- for the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo.

Life as one of UWaterloo’s First Civil Engineers

old Waterloo handbook

I grew up in Hamilton Ontario and at the age of six, my mother and I, the oldest child, were advised by two army officers, who visited our home, that my father was killed overseas in the war, on February 15, 1945.

This was a very emotional time for my family, especially for my mother who was already working hard to support us. With my dad out of the picture I knew that I would not be able to go to university, as we had limited funds. So I decided at the time, that I would go to high school to become a draftsman.

60 years of co-op at Waterloo

Department of Co-ordination and Career Services, now known as Co-operative Education & Career Action, in early 70's

What does 60 years of co-op look like at the University of Waterloo?