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Ontario Agricultural College 150th Events

Let's Celebrate!

Celebrate 150 years with us. Join us for a range of events and initiatives commemorating OAC's 150th anniversary from May to December 2024. Check back often for updates and be part of the excitement!

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A Nation's Table Documentary Premiere

Date: Thursday, July 25 2024
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre

The Arrell Food Institute invites you to the premiere screening of A Nation's Table documentary celebrating the legacy of Anita Stewart. Your ticket will include a film screening, a panel discussion, and a post-screening reception catered by University of Guelph's Hospitality Services. This premiere will feature a panel discussion with local food systems experts following the screening. Admission is free, register for A Nation's Table Documentary Premiere here.

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OAC 150th Night of 150 Parties - Denim & Diamonds Holiday Gala

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2024
Time: 8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location: Elora Grandway Events Centre

OAC '92 invites you to join in, raise your spirits and some funds for the next 150 years of OAC!

Host a party with your favourite Aggies and friends or join us in Elora. Celebrate. Anywhere. In person or online. Tickets and details coming soon!

Key Dates and Events

Anniversary Date and Celebrations – May 1 
Commencing our 150-year legacy with on-campus celebrations alongside faculty, staff, and students. Encouraging all community members to participate in the #OAC150 challenge by snapping a photo wearing OAC/U of G apparel and sharing on social media!

Provincial Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park – May 7 
Honouring 150 years of impact at the University of Guelph advocacy day, which includes meetings, remarks and reception with key government stakeholders.

Deep Dish Dialogue Collaborations – May 16, June 27
Exploring impactful subjects in this online event series, while showcasing chefs and food experts. In collaboration with the Arrell Food Institute and the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management.

OAC 150th Celebration Dinner and Alumni Weekend – June 21-23
Welcoming 800 alumni and friends for a historic gathering on Johnston Green with a delectable dinner, vibrant music and the spirit of a family reunion. Please note, we anticipate a high demand for tickets and may reach capacity quickly. Reunion groups will receive early access to registration.

Food Day Canada Celebrations – July/August
Engaging and inspiring everyone to shop, cook & dine Canadian! Stay tuned for details on a special University of Guelph celebration.

History Tours of Campus – August 
Offering a series of tours to provide visitors with a deep understanding of OAC’s evolution, architectural significance, and the stories woven into its foundation.

Arboretum Expo: Tree Day and Plant Sale – September 7
Celebrating trees and the many exciting things happening in the Arboretum lands with the OAC and Guelph communities.

OAC Welcome Back BBQ – September
Kicking off the 150th academic year with faculty, staff and students.

Future Thinkers Speaker Series – Fall 2024
Hosting a special lecture and event in partnership with OAC’59 and the OAC Alumni Foundation.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – November 1-10
Exploring the future of food, while honouring OAC’s legacy at the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event. 

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Host Your Own Event!

We encourage the OAC community to join us in celebrating by planning and hosting their own unique celebrations or reunions! Keep us updated on what you plan by emailing us at oac150@uoguelph.ca !

Relive the Events

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A man and woman dancing on a dance floor.
Two men in OAC gear curling.
A diverse group of 11 people posing with their ice cream.

OAC 150th Anniversary Ice Cream Social

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Aggies Night Hockey Game

The stands were full of aggie spirit at the 2024 Aggies Night record crowd of 1,250! See photos from the Aggies Night Hockey Game here.

Three students in lab coats and hair nets smile in a food science lab.

College Royal 100th

College Royal, celebrated its centennial anniversary at the University of Guelph on March 16 and 17.  Visit the College Royal Society's Facebook page to explore photos from the events.

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The OAC 150th anniversary celebrations are made possible by the generous support of Joe & Barbara Maxwell, the OAC Alumni Association, and the OAC Alumni Foundation.