Information for

Celebrating our 50th anniversary

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Weekend Highlights

Friday, September 22nd

  • Graduate student poster session and lunch – meet our Vision Science graduate students and learn more about the variety of innovative research at the School
  • Clair Bobier Lecture

Dr. John Dowling - Gordon and Llura Gund Research Professor of Neurosciences. Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Alumni Skit Night

Perform and compete to be the 50th Anniversary Skit Night Champions! Teams can be your classmates, colleagues from your practice or from your town/city or a group of friends from the program. Check back for sign up details

Saturday, September 23rd

  • Tradeshow – mingle with our corporate partners and learn about the newest and    greatest products. Prizes to be won!
  • Emerson Woodruff Lecture

Dr. Susan Vitale - Research Epidemiologist, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications. National Eye Institute (NEI) - National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD

  • Gala featuring the Lost Faculties

A formal affair where classes and colleagues can gather over a four course meal and special guest speakers to honour and celebrate the School’s 50th Anniversary

Reunited for our 50th, dance the night away with the Lost Faculties!

Sunday, September 24th

  • Wrap-up BBQ

As the 50th Anniversary weekend comes to a close, we will host a BBQ for all alumni, students, faculty and staff. A fun afternoon, we hope you come for the food, to mingle and cheer on the teams in our Road Hockey Tournament.

  • Road Hockey Tournament

Hockey is a long-standing tradition at the School. This tournament will be a way to show your “Canadian-ness, engage in some friendly competition and have some fun!

Teams will be a mixture of alumni, students, faculty and staff to ensure that there is an even blend of experience. Once set, make up your team name - shirts will be provided.

Class Reunions

  • Plan a Class Reunion during our 50th Celebration weekend. We can help!  Contact or 519-888-4567 ext. 36319

Registration and Accommodation

Inn of Waterloo – King St., Waterloo - this is the location of our Gala event. Group rate of $169/night. 1-866-875-6410 or To see availability on their website, you will need to enter access/promo code “UoW/OPTOMETRY” in the bottom of the blue box on the left hand side of their web page.

Delta – Erb St., Uptown Waterloo. Group rate of $179/night. Book your group rate for University of Waterloo Optometry 50th Anniversary

Courtyard Marriott – St. Jacob’s, ON. Group rate of $139/night. Book your group rate for University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science

St. Paul’s College – on campus, limited availability. $95/night.

Our 50th Anniversary events and initiatives are made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors.  We would like to thank and acknowledge the following corporate partners:

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