Lowering of the Flag

About the Lowering of the Flag

The University of British Columbia has three main flags in two locations on campus:

  1. Canada flag at the intersection of Main Mall and Crescent Road
  2. BC and UBC flags at the Old SUB North Plaza

The Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of the BC and UBC flags at the passing of a member of the campus community. When this occurs, the information is sent via email to over 50 individuals on campus for distribution campus-wide, and it is also posted on this web page. The UBC flag is replaced occasionally by other flags being flown for special occasions; such as the Musqueam flag being flown on National Aboriginal Day, the Rainbow flag being flown during UBC Pride Week, the United Way flag being flown during the UBC United Way campaign, etc.


The BC and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Old SUB) will be lowered on Friday, August 25, in memory of  Professor Murray Hodgson, who passed away on August 19, 2017.

Dr. Hodgson held joint appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Population and Public Health, and was principal investigator and director of the Sustainable Building Science Program since 2011. He came to UBC in 1991 as the first Workers’ Compensation Board-endowed Chair hired for a new graduate program to train occupational hygienists. He was passionate about the impact of noise on people – their health and wellbeing, and their ability to communicate, develop, and learn. Dr. Hodgson’s work will have a lasting impact both locally at UBC, where he helped design acoustically-appropriate learning spaces, and globally through his software, acoustic evaluations, publications, and most importantly, his graduates.



The BC flagpole has been moved.
The BC flagpole was moved to a more central location on campus as part of long-term planning for the university. On February 23, we relocated the flagpole from Main Mall and Agronomy Road to a new location in the heart of the campus – in between Brock Hall and the old SUB where it has joined the UBC flagpole.