The Birth of Trent University

Written by: Katherine Nocera

Hello, everyone! Most of you reading this may be first year students at Trent Durham. Some may be second year students. Others third year students. And so on. However many years you’ve been a student at Trent, have you ever wondered how Trent came about? Who “birthed” Trent University? I certainly do not know the answer. Do you? If the answer is no, I invite you to come along as I take you on a journey of Trent University through the years.

1957: On December 5, 1957 the president of the ever so popular “Quaker Oats” company published a letter in the Peterborough newspaper that rallied the city to use the profit from gas money to put towards something that can be beneficial for the whole community. His suggestion- a college.

1961: Professor Thomas H.B. Symons served as Trent University’s president and vice-chancellor from 1961 to 1972. He was not only the founding president of Trent University but many academic objectives at Trent are embodied because of him- such as Canadian studies.

1962: Canadian General Electric (CGE), donated 100 acres of land which would soon to be Trent’s foundation.

1964-65: Trent University Peterborough opened its doors to students during this academic year. Whoo hoo!

2010: This year is especially monumental for all of you reading because it is the year that Trent University opened a campus in Durham!

As we celebrate Trent’s 52nd anniversary, we can reflect on how it came to be. It all started with the local community and people of Peterborough and has flourished into the university we know and love today! Until next time…


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