50th Anniversary

This year UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences will celebrate 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)

Save the date: September 13, 2019

On September 13, 2019, the School’s community will gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary with a day of events, which will include an open house at the Friedman Building, where guests will be able to tour the upgraded facilities and spend time meeting with faculty and reuniting with alumni and practitioners. Later in the day it will include a poster session, discipline-related lectures by eminent scholars, and a gala dinner with entertainment at UBC’s new Robert H Lee Alumni Centre. School founder John Gilbert will be in attendance and give a brief history of the School. All alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, students, and staff are welcome.

A full schedule and online registration will be available soon!

We will also be hosting a special 50th anniversary colloquium series throughout the year. Those at the School look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the considerable accomplishments it has achieved over the years.

Read more about the School’s history and anniversary plans here.

50 years of memories

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

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 >

Memories from Dr. Barbara May Bernhardt, SASS Professor Emerita
Barbara May Bernhardt was in the first cohort of SASS MSc students (1972 alumna) and was a member of the SASS Faculty from 1987-2017. Read on to hear about some of her favourite memories of the School! Read More >

“Fond” memories of the Mather Building Portables….
If you were a member of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences between 1972 and 2008, you will have studied or taught in the now-demolished James Mather Building. If you were here during the latter half of that time period, you are perhaps also well acquainted with the two portable classrooms... 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!