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.

What’s New

The flags of the Musqueam Band and Okanagan Nation Alliance will fly permanently above UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, respectively. Read more.


The BC and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Old SUB) will be lowered on Friday, July 20, 2018 in remembrance.

Professor Emeritus Martin G. Silverman passed away on June 29, 2018. Professor Silverman joined the UBC Department of Anthropology and Sociology in 1977 and served as Head from 1981 to 1987. An innovative teacher and scholar, he taught undergraduate courses on anthropological theory, kinship, and Oceania and supervised numerous graduate students over the years. Martin made significant research contributions to the study of the peoples of Oceania, sociolinguistics, and symbolic anthropology. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to the field of symbolic anthropology, co-authoring (with Stephen Barnett) the influential volume: Ideology and Everyday Life: Anthropology, Neomarxist Thought, and the Problem of Ideology and the Social Whole (Michigan, 1979).