TRU has come a long way, says the province's minister of advanced education as the university gets set to hold a community celebration Friday night.
“Thompson Rivers University has come a long way since opening its doors as Cariboo College in 1970. It became a university college in 1989, and became a university when the Thompson Rivers University Act was passed in 2005,” Andrew Wilkinson said Friday in congratulating faculty, staff and students.
The college expanded rapidly in its first 20 years, growing from 367 full-time and 200 part-time students to 10 times that number by 1990, Wilkinson noted. The institution now hosts more than 14,300 students on-campus in Kamloops, Williams Lake and at its regional centres. In addition, more than 16,400 students are enrolled in distance or online learning through TRU Open Learning.
“Thompson Rivers University offers a range of developmental, career and vocational, trades and technology and academic programs leading to certificates, diplomas, bachelor and master’s degrees."
The celebration, free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. on the campus commons. Participants can purchase dinner from one of several food stations or enjoy a refreshment in the beverage garden. Van Damsel, Anita Eccleston and The Serious Dogs perform on stage. A children’s play area will offer activities for kids.
There is free parking on campus during the event.