Don't miss out on this beautiful commemorative art book, telling the story of MRU's first 100 years, using our mural mosaic images. Available at the Mount Royal BookStore until supplies last.
After the party, there are several centennial legacies for future generations to enjoy:
- incredible original artwork at our West and East Gate entrances —the three panel graffiti art created as part of Legacy of Ideas and the centennial mural mosaic
- each new incoming class of students will plant a tree as a legacy for their year, to stand alongside the 100 centennial trees
- military memorial bursaries will be presented to students each year in memory of our fallen soldiers
- our community will continue to be engaged in thought and introspection, by presenting big thinkers through the Legacy of Ideas series
- the original piece of music commissioned for our centennial, Century, will be played at all ceremonial events, including Convocation
- the beautiful sundial in the new centennial garden off the T-Wing provides a tranquil oasis
- the Centennial Reader and annual events like the Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will continue to put Mount Royal on the map in academic arenas
- an air tight, steel time capsule, enshrined in a hand-made replica of our first campus, fondly known as “The Barn” will be placed in a prominent location on campus, and will be opened 100 years from now – in 2111
After more than 100 years of welcoming students as both a college and a university, and with our focus on personalized learning, Mount Royal University can proudly state that our truest success lies with our students.
Some of our alumni are famous. Others have gone on to do great things in the world without acclaim. Each and every one of them has impacted Mount Royal as much as we hope the University has impacted their lives.
Learn more about our Distinguished Alumni and Legacy Awards.
From the Archives
As we celebrated, we also took the time to reflect back. See the full collection of Mount Royal's "Archive of the Month" stories below, published monthly during our centennial. Each of these stories feature a special item housed in the Mount Royal Archives, which helps to tell our historic story.
From 1911–1941, The Mount Royal Chinook yearbook helped to promote student life and school spirit at the fledgling college.
Designed by Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson, two scolls were created to commemorate the service of Mount Royal's staff and students during the Second World War.
Member of the order of Canada and renowned teacher and composer Leonard Leacock is remembered long after penning his final note.
One of the oldest artifacts in the collection is this 1903 Singer sewing machine which belonged to Emily Kerby.
The University's archives include a set of sketchbooks by one of Alberta's most influential female artists, Marion Nicoll.
These beautiful, hand-painted glass lantern slides were created by renowned local botanist William Copeland McCalla.
The prestigious Henry Birks and Sons Gold Medal was given each year from 1935 to 1985.
In the 1950s athletic jackets were popular. The Archives' collection includes a blue and a red one.
This painting of Mount Royal founder George W. Kerby is one of two paintings — cira 1930 — by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster.
This advertising scrapbook features clippings of a variety of Mount Royal ads from 1940 to 1951.
This hand-stitched tapestry was created by Margaret Lamb Carrick in 1935. It currently hangs in the university boardroom.
This is the official document that started it all — the Act to Incorporate Mount Royal College, dated Dec. 16, 1910.
This hand-calligraphed scroll was commissioned in 1914 to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Mount Royal students, alumni and employees in the First World War.
Long before iPods, discmen or even walkmen, Mount Royal's student body loved their music so much everyone chipped in to buy a phonograph — the year? 1920.
This Burroughs Adding Machine was built in 1919. It was once used by accounting and secretarial students.
This Underwood No. 5 typewriter model was used for many years at Mount Royal by both students and staff.
China painting was offered at Mount Royal from 1911 until 1931.
Check out Mount Royal's historic timeline.