This Saturday October 3rd, Ryerson is hosting is annual alumni weekend activities. This year the feature years are the classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1975, 1990, and 2005. In celebration of this the Archives decided to look back at those years and see what was happening on campus. This two part blog starts by looking at the classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, and 1965. For more information about Alumni Weekend click here.
In the school year 1949-1950 Bud Evans and “Honest” John Vail were the SAC presidents, and Ted Toogood was appointed as the Athletic Director. There were 390 day school and 1355 evening school student were enrolled. The first “At Home” dance was held.
Ryerson’s First “At Home” Dance held in the gymnasium (Ryersonia yearbook 1950)
List of Faculty members (Ryersonia yearbook 1950)
Ryerson Faculty and Staff, circa 1949. (History Documentation file, 1949)
RIOT was held for the first time on March 3.
RIOT 1950 football sketch featuring Ted Toogood as “Coach Nogood”. (Ryersonia Yearbook, 1950)
CJRT began broadcasting on November 1st, and the first live T.V. show in Canada was broadcast from Ryerson on November 14th.
First live Canadian Television Broadcast at Ryerson, November 1949. [Ryersonia Yearbook, 1950)
Most significantly Ryerson graduated its first class of 212 graduates on Friday May 12. Click here
for Principal Howard Kerr’s commencement address.
In the school year 1954-1955 the Blue and Gold Ball was held on February 16th at the Royal York Hotel, and RIOT ’55 was titled “Ghouls and Dolls”. The Ryerson Opera Workshop (ROW) staged Mademoiselle Angot in the Bloor Collegiate auditorium.
Blue and Gold Ball, 1955 (Ryersonia Yearbook, 1955)
ROW ’55 – Mademoiselle Angot (Ryersonia Yearbook, 1955)
“The Ryerson Story” – a CBC TV film presentation directed by Rollo Gamble of the NFB and commentated by Lloyd Bochner – was filmed at Ryerson. It featured many Ryerson students and highlighted Ryerson’s various programs. It aired on February 20th.
Ryersonian article, dated January 19, 1955, about the filming of the Ryerson Story. (History 1955 documentation file)
Photograph of Lloyd Bochner with Ryerson students. Clockwise from top left: Margo McGregor, Gerry Farkas, Vicky Jory, Lloyd Bochner, and Bill Burrows RTA ’56. (RG 95.1)
And on May 6th, 1955 Ryerson graduated 365 students from the following programs: Architectural Technology; Business Administration; Secretarial Science; Electrical Technology; Electronic Technology; Radio and Television Arts; Fashion; Furniture and Interior Design; Journalism; Printing Management; Instrument Technology; Research Technology; Public Health Laboratory Technology; Laboratory Technology; Hotel, Resort, and Restaurant Administration; Home Economics; Childhood Management; Mechanical Technology; Metallurgical Technology; Tool Design and Technology; and Photographic Arts.
1955 Convocation program of event
In the school year 1959-1960 Bruce Dobbs was the SAC President. RIOT 1960 was held at the Riverside Auditorium November 18th-21st.
Photographs from RIOT and ROW. (Ryersonia Yearbook, 1960)
The Blue and Gold Ball was held on February 5th, crowning Joan Fujimoto as Miss Ryerson and Papa and Mama Wycik as Mr. & Mrs. Ryerson.
February 11th, 1950 edition of the Ryersonian newspaper.
The second unit of Howard Kerr Hall was taken over by Ryerson.
March 9th, 1960 edition of the Ryersonian Newspaper.
Convocation for 516 graduates was held May 6th at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.
Graduation at Yorkminster Church (Ryersonia Yearbook, 1960)
The Graduation banquet was held on the evening of May 5th. The Gold and Silver medalists were presented with their awards during the dinner.
Awards Night programme (RG 4.04.01.11)
Lynn Fournier, Molly Copus, Howard Kerr, and Bruce Dobbs at the graduation banquet after receiving their medals. (Ryersonia Yearbook, 1960)
The school year 1964-1965 saw some major changes at Ryerson – the first being its name.
A 1963-1964 and a 1964-1965 course calendar showing the change in the school’s name.
Open House held October 24 – the same weekend as Homecoming.
Wednesday October 14th, 1964 edition of the Ryersonian newspaper.
The clock tower on South Kerr Hall get carillon bells. Wayne Detcher played the bells for the first time during a Christmas Carol concerts over the lunch hour in December.
Carillon bells in Kerr Hall Clock Tower. January 12th, 1965 edition of the Ryersonian
Ryerson’s annual graduation banquet was held April 8th
Graduation banquet menu and programme of events (RG 4.04.01.16)
Ryerson also changed its coat-of-arms late in the year.
Old coat of arms
New coat of arms, adopted in March or April of 1965
And finally graduation was held May 7th with a morning and an afternoon ceremony.
Convocation programme, Friday May 7th, 1965 (RG 76.04.01.16)
Convocation photographs (Ryersonia, 1965)
We hope you enjoyed this brief journay down memory lane – For more information on these years stop by the Archives (LIB387) on Saturday October 3rd and visit our Anniversary display. We will be open 11:00am to 2:00pm.
Next month we will look at the classes of 1975, 1990, and 2005