Loyalist College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Belleville’s college first opened its doors in 1967 to 162 students. The Pioneer building opened a year later.
Over the past 50 years, the Wallbridge-Loyalist Road campus has had over 40,000 students graduate from a variety of 65 full-time and continuing education programs.
College president and CEO Dr. Ann Marie Vaughn told Quinte West council Monday night the anniversary will be recognized throughout 2017 and at convocation in June.
“This is a very special year for the province, the college and the country,” Vaughn beamed.
She said they will be celebrating with alumni ‘here and far.’
She also asked that council recognize April 3 to the 9 as College’s week.