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 North Plaza of the Life Building (the Old SUB)

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 BC and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building (the Old SUB) will be lowered on Monday, March 18, in remembrance.

Professor Emeritus Michael Chandler passed away on January 28, 2019.

Michael Chandler is a developmental psychologist and Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Department of Psychology. His research interests include social-cognitive development in general, and, more particularly, the cross-cultural study of processes of identity formation and their impact on the health and wellbeing on Indigenous youth.

These efforts have earned Dr. Chandler the Killam Memorial Senior Research Prize, the Killam Teaching Prize, and resulted in his having been named President of the Jean Piaget Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development. He was appointed Canada’s only Distinguished Investigator of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Dr. Chandler joined the UBC Quarter Century Club in 2002 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2003.

Dr. Joseph Schlesinger passed away on February 11, 2019. Dr. Schlesinger studied Journalism at UBC and in 1991 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UBC. His journalistic career took him from Canada to Paris, Hong Kong and Washington amongst many other places. He worked with The Province newspaper, The New York Herald Tribune, The Toronto Star and ultimately with the CBC in various positions including, Executive Producer of National News, Head of CBC-TV news and Chief Political Correspondent in Ottawa. He won several Gemini awards for his coverage of the Iran- Contra affair and his documentary on the Spanish Civil War.

Dr. Patrick Lane passed away on March 7, 2019. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by UBC Okanagan in 2006.

Patrick Lane’s writing has appeared in major anthologies used in university classrooms across Canada, including the most recent Oxford Anthology of Canadian Literature in English, and Twentieth Century Poetry and Poetics. He has won numerous literary awards but is most proud of his Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1978, and the inaugural BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

He has led writing workshops at summer schools across the country and has taught at both the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and at the University of Victoria. He’s been a writer in residence at the universities of Manitoba, Alberta, Ottawa, and Toronto, and at Concordia in Montreal.