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50 Years at Trent University

Trent University was founded on the ideal of a unique student experience anchored in academically rigorous collaborative learning that’s personal, purposeful and transformative

We learn with and from each other in the spirit of enweying which translated from Nishnaabewin means “the way we speak together.”  The idea that knowledge is a shared experience is reflected in Trent’s motto nunc cognosco ex parte (now I know in part). Undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through communities that span colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities.

Fifty years on, Trent’s unique approach to personal development is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue and diverse perspectives, building a life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change. Trent’s faculty, students, staff and alumni are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Our anniversary celebrations will reaffirm our leadership role and commitment to being a unique, relevant and successful institution; and a very special place that is treasured by many.




Featured History


April 3, 1963 - The Trent University Act, 1962-63, Trent receives its charter, Symons becomes first President. "This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent. This Act may be cited as The Trent University Act, 1963."

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October 17, 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the official opening address of Professor T. H. B. Symons, M.A. President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

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50th Anniversary Objectives & Legacies

  • Celebrate our shared past, accomplishments and contributions to the world around us
  • Rejuvenate the bond with our current and former staff, faculty, friends, alumni and local communities
  • Engage new students, partners and donors in the Trent experience
  • Raise visibility and improve the reputation of Trent locally, nationally and internationally; laying out our vision for the future

Underlying Themes:

  • The Quality of the Student Experience
  • Research & Teaching Excellence
  • Inclusivity, Diversity and Social Justice

Thank you to the many community volunteers, alumni, staff, faculty, students and retirees who are volunteering their time to serve on the many committees actively planning our year long celebration.

  • Steering Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Alumni Reunion Committees (Symposium, Music, Athletics, Promotions, Campus)
  • Sponsorship Committee
  • Heritage Committee
  • Ron Thom Exhibit Committee
  • Downtown Parade & Community Celebration Committee
  • Chancellor's Gala Committee
  • 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book Committees
  • Marketing & Communications Committee
  • Trent Student 50th Anniversary Steering Committee

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