50th Anniversary

In 2019 UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences celebrated 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)

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, discipline-related lectures by eminent scholars, a panel discussion and poster session, followed by a gala dinner with entertainment. School founder John Gilbert was in attendance and shared some of his memories of the School.

The full schedule and photos from the day are 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:

September 13: The School of Audiology and Speech Sciences celebrates 50 years!
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the School's 50th anniversary on 13 September, and to all our speakers, panelists, and entertainers for helping to make the event such a success! We are delighted to announce that photos from this celebratory day are now available. Read More >

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 >

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!