October 2016

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.

The first graduates

Convocation, June 18, 1960

At not quite three years old, Waterloo had already jumped into graduate education.

The Brubacher farmhouse

Brubacher House

“Today the beautifully preserved home has become a landmark overlooking Columbia Lake and the University of Waterloo playing fields.”

Wanted: 150,000 engineers

Engineers using sextant's

In the 1950's there was a Canada-wide need for more highly trained "manpower" and Ira G. Needles had a proposed solution.

How it all began

Waterloo builders: J. Gerald Hagey (left), Ira G. Needles(centre) and Reverend Cornelius Siegfried (right).

On a Friday afternoon in mid-December, the University of Waterloo had its recorded beginning.