A half-century on the banks of the Otonabee...
Welcome to the vibrant history of Otonabee College, where every student who graces its halls contributes to a legacy of heart-led change. In 1972, the East Bank saw the birth of Otonabee College, named after the winding river that flows through our picturesque campus. And for 50 years, we have welcomed students who have gone on to make a positive impact in the world, no matter how big or small. Despite facing challenges like floods, pandemics, and renovations, OC has always been like the river it's named after - ever-changing, yet steady and strong like the beat of a heart. As we celebrate our golden anniversary, we invite you to join us in commemorating the spirit of the college and the lives it has touched. Whether you attend our events or share your story with us, we encourage you to become involved in this momentous occasion and celebrate with us.
A Weekend 50 Years in the Making
Walk down memory lane and relive iconic moments from your time at Trent and throughout OC history on the picturesque banks of the Otonabee River. Meet special guests, enjoy scrumptious food, and reconnect with friends and Trent as we revive the legendary Cat's Ass Pub and other proud collegiate traditions. You won’t want to miss out on this milestone event.
Then & Now: Revisit life in Otonabee College
Take a walk down memory lane with beloved past College Assistant Tony Storey and current student Bethany Neubauer as they wander the halls of our beloved college discussing OC then and now.
We invite you to share your #myOCstories and pictures for inclusion on our social media and in a commemorative book to be published this year. We encourage you to think about things that happened (your favourite OC story perhaps), things you learned, and what you loved most about your time at OC.
Revisit the Memories
Explore the photos below to see OC through the decades. Have more photos to share? Send them to our team by emailing Otonabee@trentu.ca
Celebrating Year Round
Join us special events celebrating our golden year on campus
November 4, 2022
Each academic year, new students are formally welcomed into Otonabee College by being “scarfed-in”. This ceremony is a way to welcome new students into our community with a token of Otonabee spirit surrounded by members of the college. The evening will feature a keynote address and alumni are invited to attend and help welcome OC’s 50th cohort.
OC 50th Birthday
December 2, 2022
Join us in a birthday bash to celebrate 50 years of Otonabee. Enjoy a roster of traditional birthday activities: cake, music, and a special surprise or two, surrounded by old and new faces of our college community.
Trent's Got Talent
February 11, 2023
Join Otonabee College and the Anne Shirley Theatre Company as we celebrate our shared anniversary year with a variety show for the ages. From dance groups to improv and everything in between, come see just how talented our students, staff and faculty are.
May 13-14, 2023
Join us to celebrate 50 years of OC and re-live your collegiate experience. Reconnect with Otonabee friends new and old while attending a BBQ, a pub night, an alumni brunch, campus tours, and so much more.
Join the Conversation on Social Media
Share your stories from Otonabee College using the hashtag #myOCstories and #Otonabee50 to have your memories featured on our social media channels.