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70 Years Old. 25 Years Young. 

2018 marks a very special double anniversary for Ryerson University. Seventy years ago, in 1948, the Ryerson Institute of Technology was founded under the visionary leadership of Howard H. Kerr. Twenty-five years ago, in 1993, under the exemplary leadership of Terry Grier, Ryerson was granted full university status by the Ontario government, opening the door for graduate programs and funded research.

In between these two milestones, Ryerson’s story is one of constant evolution and progress leading to the university becoming Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education.


Alumni share their memories of the transformational years they spent at Ryerson. Watch more videos

Mohamed Lachemi, President of Ryerson University

Honouring Our Past and Building Our Future

Celebrating a milestone anniversary may seem somewhat out of character for a university such as Ryerson, which is continuously focused on the future. But as we look ahead to a new period of exciting growth and transformation, reflecting on the incredible achievements, ideas and people of the past is both inspiring and energizing.

We’ll introduce you to 25 alumni from our first 70 years. Some you’ll know, and some you won’t, but they all showcase the rewarding things you can do with a Ryerson education. Meet  our “25 from 70” Ryersonians. Come back to see more.

Kwabina Griffith

Kwabina Griffith

Computer Science ’96

Aayaz Pira

Information Technology Management, Systems Development ’04

Dr. Mehrnaz Shokrollahi

Dr. Mehrnaz Shokrollahi

Electrical & Computer Engineering ’15

Dale Goldhawk

Dale Goldhawk

Journalism ’67