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 Tuesday, March 28, in remembrance.


Ms Susana Alaiz-Losada passed away on February 28, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Susana was an excellent teacher who was well-liked by her students and colleagues. She earned her Master’s in Spanish Literature from UBC in 2001. Susana taught for many years in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies as well as Continuing Studies.


Professor Emeritus David Alexander Boyes, OC, OBC, passed away on March 14, 2017. Dr. Boyes became a clinical instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1957, retiring in 1990. Dr. Boyes led the BC Cancer Agency to world-wide recognition with his pioneering work in cervical cancer screening. The David Boyes Society is in its 43rd year bringing together local oncology practitioners.


Professor Emeritus Raymond Scott Corteen passed away on February 26, 2017. Dr. Corteen came to the UBC Department of Psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 1968, retiring as a member of the Quarter Century Club in 1996. Professor Corteen’s research focused on the influence of television on reading and theoretical issues in the area of thought and language.


Professor Emeritus Sinclair Davis Healy passed away on March 13, 2017. Professor Healy retired from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Education, where he taught painting and drawing until his retirement in 1985. An informal gathering in Sinclair’s memory will be held at Marine Drive Golf Course (7425 Yew Street Vancouver) 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday April 1, 2017.


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.