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50 Years: Forever Forward.

‘Here’s to 50 years of excellence and to many more collective milestones’
June 19, 2024

An image of a man who is wearing glasses, and a light blue dress shirt under a navy blue blazer. He is standing outside in front of a glass building Concordia President and Vice-Chancellor Graham Carr

Our university is about to celebrate a milestone — 50 years of next-gen education.

To get the celebration started, I invite you to enjoy:

Concordia grew from the strong roots of two founding institutions — Loyola College and Sir George Williams University — that merged on August 24, 1974.

Through five transformative decades, Concordia has evolved from a teaching institution into a comprehensive research university.

Our two campuses have doubled in size, and our student population has grown to 50,000.

Our local, national and international reputation has thrived. And Concordia’s standing in every measurable index has flourished.

This progress is the result of the steadfast dedication of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, friends and volunteers.

At its core Concordia is about values and our ambition to celebrate accessibility, diversity and excellence, to foster creativity and innovation, and to make a positive impact on our students and the world they go on to shape.

Our 260,000 alumni have earned Pulitzer Prizes, Pasteur Institute Fellowships, Academy Awards, Tony Awards, Emmys, Grammys, Governor General’s Awards, Rhodes Scholarships and Olympic medals, and have been inducted into the Orders of Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

What’s more, on the eve of our 50th anniversary, Concordia was named the top university in North America under 50.

As you follow our commemorations throughout the year, I hope you take pride in our community’s resilience, innovation and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

Thank you for being part of Concordia. Here’s to 50 years of excellence and to many more collective milestones.

Graham Carr
President and Vice-Chancellor
Concordia University

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