Forever Green and Gold

One of Canada's top 5 universities, the University of Alberta is dedicated to the promise of uplifting the whole people through knowledge--a university for the public good. #ualberta

On September 23, 1908—106 years ago today—the first University of Alberta classes were held at Duggan Street School. Forty-five students were enrolled, including seven women, but due to travel conditions at the time, only 37 students attended class that first day. Classes were held in four rented rooms, and there were four professors, in addition to President Tory.

Today, there are 39,312 students on five U of A campuses, 2,056 faculty, and over 260,000 alumni worldwide. 

Postcard photo of Duggan Street School courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of University of Alberta Libraries

The mountain pine beetle has been blazing a path across forests in British Columbia and Alberta, and is now creeping into the boreal forests of the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan. The damage has been massive.

From "Attack of the Pine Beetle."

Did you know that the first undergraduate degree (Decima Eveline Robinson, 1911), graduate degree (Jenny Storck Hill, 1911), and medical degree (Leone McGregor, 1925) at the U of A were all conferred upon women? These facts and more are here in our Convocation Facts & Trivia infographic.

Who’s on the stage? What songs are played? This information and more in our Convocation Stage infographic. 

Academic Dress colours at the University of Alberta. 

A full listing of colours, including Master’s Degrees, can be found here.

"This, I submit, is the freedom of real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted: you get to consciously decide what has meaning, and what doesn’t."  

From "This is Water," by David Foster Wallace, a commencement address given at Kenyon College in 2005.

Mother Teresa, receiving her Honorary Degree at a special convocation in St. Paul, Alberta in 1982.


Spring convocation at UAlberta begins on June 1, with a ceremony at the Augustana campus in Camrose. From then until June 11, the entire University of Alberta community will be celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2014.

We want you to share your stories.

Whether you’re a student about to graduate, or a proud parent, family member and friend, we want you to share your images, videos, tweets and stories with us on social media.

Use the #UAlberta14 hashtag.

If you use the #UAlberta14 hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (public updates), YouTube, Tumblr, Google Plus or other social media sites, we’ll be able to collect your stories for our Storify page, which will be featured on our convocation website (here’s our Storify page from the fall).

That about covers it, except for one last thing: CONGRATULATIONS!!!


The original masthead for The Folio, from September 1, 1964.

After almost 50 years and over 1700 issues, the last print edition of what is now just called Folio was published today. University Relations will be exploring a number of options for expanding online delivery of internal campus communications, and archived versions of the newspaper dating back to 1964 are available on the Peel’s Prairie Provinces website

Below is an image of the paper’s last Back Page.



Are you graduating this spring? Did a member of the UAlberta community make a difference in your time at school? A teacher, coach, staff member, donor, or some other mentor who gave you support and inspired you to do great things? If so, we’d like to write about you both!

Drop us a line or two about your story at Please include your contact information so the UAlberta story team can get back to you.

Convocation is an extraordinary moment in every student’s life. It is the culmination of years of perseverance and hard work, and the commencement of a brand new journey. We’d love to hear about your experiences as a student, the impact a teacher, coach or mentor made in your life, as well as your plans for the future.