Langley, British Columbia—The last time they stepped onto Trinity Western’s Glover Road campus, the barn served as a gymnasium and cows occasionally wandered around the chapel. But on July 13-15, more than 200 alumni of the former Trinity Junior College and Trinity Western College will return to what is now Trinity Western University. As part of the Foundational Years Reunion, students from 1962-1974 will visit the campus that today enrols close to 3,000 students.
“People are coming from around the globe to attend the Langley reunion,” says Neal Diamond, TWU’s director of alumni relations. “They won’t recognize the facilities and dorms on campus. And after being away for 30 or 40 years, they’ll find that Langley is no longer a small farming community, but one of the fastest growing communities in Canada.”
Sponsorships from Langley businesses like Spruceland Forest Products and Aldergrove’s Titan Construction/Titan Foundation have played a key role in bringing the alumni back to the Lower Mainland.
“This is a great way to connect with alumni we normally don’t have the chance to connect with because of their geographic scope,” says Diamond. “And it’s great to meet with the number of our graduates who live in this area as well.”
Andrew Kemp, president of TWU’s Alumni Association is one of a handful of recent Trinity Western graduates who will take Trinity Western’s earliest graduates on tours of the surrounding area.
“Any time I get a chance to speak with individuals who have experienced TWU in a different era, I consider it a privilege. Those in attendance will be people who have excelled in many different and varied vocations, and some have been trailblazers within their specific fields,” says Kemp of the opportunity to mingle with those who remember Trinity Western back when it was a Junior College.
Trinity Junior College began in the early 1960s, when a group of people with a vision for a Christian university in Canada purchased Seal-Kap Dairy Farm. For years the dairy farm had been one of the most productive and well-managed farms in the valley. After the owner had died and his widow had sold the farm to two men, the owners put the property up for sale, desiring to keep the 115-acres out of the hands of sub-dividers and retain some of its original pastoral character.
The Junior College opened in 1962 with 17 students. By 1984 Trinity Western College had 800 students and was granted membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Canada’s premier organization of recognized universities and colleges. In 1985, the British Columbia legislature recognized the College’s achievements and granted it university status under the name Trinity Western University.
“We have over 15,000 alumni today,” says Diamond, who states that this reunion will be the last of its kind for students from Trinity Western’s early years.
In honour of the early graduates who paved the way for today’s students, Calvin B. Hanson, founding president who served from 1962-1974, will speak at the Calvin B. Hanson Chapel on TWU’s campus, Sunday at 10 a.m., in a service that is open to the public.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21