Camosun College at 50:
Honouring the Past, Inspiring the Future

Camosun officially celebrated opening its doors as a post-secondary institution offering university transfer, vocational and upgrading courses to 980 registered students on Sept. 16, 1971. A plaque in the Young Building commemorates the event. Today, the college’s Lansdowne and Interurban campuses, along with five community partner learning sites, offer over 160 innovative, life-changing academic and applied learning programs to 20,000 students each year.

Five Decades of Female Leadership

Meet some of the female leaders who have helped Camosun become the institution it is today.

Camosun: Then & Now

Camosun welcomed its first students in 1971 as B.C.’s ninth community college. Over the last 50 years, the college has grown into one of the province’s largest post-secondary institutes. Take a look at Camosun’s history: Then and Now!

50 years of stories & memories

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, retirees, community supporters – you’re invited to look back over the years and share your favorite Camosun photos and stories!

Fast Forward

Today, Camosun is a vibrant, future-focused educational institution, home to 20,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff. As we celebrate our history, our Indigenous connections and educational mission, we turn our heads forward to our exciting plans for the future.

Camosun’s anniversary logo — deeply rooted in Coast Salish myth and legend

As Camosun celebrates its milestone 50th this year, the college is launching a unique anniversary logo designed by Coast Salish artist and Camosun alumnus Dylan Thomas, which is deeply rooted in the local Indigenous myths and legends behind the Camosun name.

“I started thinking about the word Camosun which means where two waters meet and are transformed,” — Dylan Thomas, Coast Salish artist and Camosun alumnus

Seeking knowledge in these territories

Camosun College serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. With deep respect and gratitude, Camosun College acknowledges these as the traditional territories of the Esquimalt, Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. Camosun learners, instructors, support staff and leadership are all enriched by the friendship and gracious welcome extended by our traditional hosts and by the beauty of the land on which we live, work and learn.

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