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Celebrating 200 years of McGill

Here’s to two centuries of creating knowledge, breaking boundaries, and helping the world move forward.

McGill's Bicentennial logo

On March 31, McGill University is celebrating its 200th anniversary. As we enter our third century, we take this moment to look back at two centuries of discovery and innovation, while remaining focused on the global challenges that lie ahead.

Join in the festivities on March 31 – Bicentennial Day – and stay tuned for more Bicentennial initiatives and events over the coming months.

Celebrate 200: Launching Our Third Century

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Heleena De Oliveira

On March 31, join your fellow McGillians online for a Bicentennial birthday bash hosted by Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, MDCM’18, famed Super Bowl champion and frontline healthcare worker, and Heleena De Oliveira, BA’21, President of the Black Students’ Network of McGill. This interactive event exploring McGill’s past, present and future will feature musical performances from Beatrice Deer, Chilly Gonzales, BMus’94, and Schulich School of Music students.

Principal’s Bicentennial message to the community

McGIll Principal Suzanne Fortier

Principal Suzanne Fortier recently shared her thoughts on the Bicentennial in a special message to McGillians. Acknowledging the unusual timing of this milestone, the Principal reflected on how the pandemic has been a reminder of our collective strength and has pushed us to reimagine what we can achieve in our third century.

McGill University’s bicentennial anniversary represents a momentous occasion for our community. It is as much a time to celebrate our long history of achievement as it is an opportunity for reflection as we chart the course for our third century.”

- Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

A roadmap for greater food security and autonomy

Map of the world made from spices

The University is hosting a series of Bicentennial events on the global challenges McGill will be tackling in its third century. Kicking off the series on March 31 is a conference on how we can strengthen food security and autonomy in the wake of the pandemic, featuring experts from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as leaders from government, industry and the non-profit sector.

A new century of stories. Made by McGill.

McGill Alum Gail Simmons

How did McGill shape you? Did your time on campus help you find your place in the world? As part of the Bicentennial fun, join the more than 200 alumni and friends who have shared their unique experiences on the Made by McGill website. Share your story.

What will your legacy be?

The arts building cupola with McGill flag raised

The 200 for 200 Legacy Challenge – which aims to secure 200 legacy gifts in celebration of McGill’s 200th anniversary – is well underway! Make your commitment and ensure that McGill continues to thrive in its third century.

Explore the Bicentennial website

The McGill Bicentennial website on a computer

Looking for more ways to celebrate McGill’s 200th anniversary? Check out the newly launched Bicentennial website, which includes information on important historical moments, profiles of extraordinary McGillians both past and present, social media challenges, and a full schedule of upcoming events – everything you need to know about the Bicentennial in one place!