50th Anniversary

This year UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a leader in educating audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as research in communication and related disorders.

What have the past 50 years looked like at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences? (Click to enlarge)

A Day of Celebration: September 13, 2019

On September 13, 2019, the School’s community gathered to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a day of events, which included an open house at the Friedman Building, where guests were able to tour the upgraded facilities and spend time meeting with faculty and reuniting with alumni and practitioners. Later in the day it included a poster session, discipline-related lectures by eminent scholars, and a gala dinner with entertainment. School founder John Gilbert was in attendance and shared some of his memories of the School. The full schedule from the day is available here.

We are also hosting a special 50th anniversary colloquium series throughout the year.

50 Years of Memories

Stories and images of the School over the past 50 years from members of our School community, past and present:

The grand opening of the James Mather Building in 1973!
This photo, from UBC Archives [UBC 5.2/260-6], was taken during the grand opening of the James Mather Building in 1973. The School was based here until 2008, when it moved to its current location in the Friedman Building! Read on for more information about one of the School's earliest homes... Read More >

SASS staff celebrate 50 years at Quarry Rock, Deep Cove
New memories are being made every day at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences! Every Spring, our support staff gather for an annual afternoon retreat. This year, during the School's 50th anniversary year, they hiked to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove! Read More >

“Big jump for UBC’s speech-language pathology program” (Sept 16, 2014)
Read an article published in 2014 as the news about the School's Speech-Language Pathology program expansion, a significant event in the School's history, was hot off the press! Thanks to a boost in provincial funding, the number of first-year slots for a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology grew from 23 to 36, a 56% increase! Read More >

Giving thanks for supporting the School’s educational mission!
Dr. Valter Ciocca, Professor and former Director of the School (2007 to 2017), thanking the Rotary Club of Vancouver in 2014 for their generous donation to the School's Clinical Speech Technology Teaching Laboratory. The School is very grateful for all the donations it has received over the last 50 years to support our educational mission! Read More >

More Stories and Images


We would love to hear about your memories and experiences at the School over the years to share here and on our social media. Some questions to get you started:

  • When were you a student at the School?
  • What is your favourite memory of your time at the School?
  • How has the School helped you in your career/life?
  • Do you have any photos of your studies, work, and time at the School?

Contact director.assistant@audiospeech.ubc.ca to feature!