Petition Celebration

Honouring our founders:  looking to our future

Old Arts Stained GlassThanks to all of those who joined us Dec. 13, 2010, in Saint John where it all began...

On Dec. 13, 1785, a group of seven United Empire Loyalists — displaced by the American Revolution and newly arrived in the New Brunswick wilderness — presented a petition to Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Carleton in Saint John to establish an "Academy or School of liberal Arts and Sciences" in the neighbourhood of "Frederickburg."

From the academy that was eventually formed grew the College of New Brunswick, which later became King's College (Fredericton), and finally the University of New Brunswick.

The evening of Monday, Dec. 13, on the 225th anniversary of the petition, more than 125 guests braved a storm to celebrate UNB's founders and discuss the future of our universities.

The 225 Players:  Chelsea Cusak, UNBSJ's Scott Thomas, and VP (Saint John) Emeritus Tom Condon.

The event was held at UNB Saint John's Grand Hall.


6:30 p.m.

7 p.m.
225 Players
A dramatic presentation about how Saint John became the birthplace of UNB and public education in New Brunswick was enjoyed by all.

Video - How to Build a Great University


7:30 p.m.
A Changing New Brunswick Conversation:  

The Future of Our Universities
Leaders of the four New Brunswick universities responded to remarks on major trends affecting university education by Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates.  The audience joined in the discussion.

View the Petition Celebration invitation and poster.

Learn more about UNB's founders and read the petition of 1785.