Ryerson’s celebrates 40 years as an independent institution

Ryersonian Article celebrating Ryerson’s independence, March 13, 1963

In 1964, Ryerson University – then known as the Ryerson Institute of Technology – officially became an autonomous educational institution. Although the idea of making Ryerson a self-governing body had been percolating for a number of years and the necessary legislation was introduced in 1963, proclamation of the Ryerson Act did not take place until April 1, 1964.

The two images shown here are of items from the Ryerson Archives Collection, including a photograph of that period showing the two key figures involved in this historic event: Minister of Education William Davis (second from left) who later became Ontario Premier; and Howard Hillen Kerr (at right), Ryerson’s founding principal.