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Signature Events

Community Launch Party – September 2018

The Dawson Community is invited to the annual back-to-school festivities on College grounds on Tuesday, September 11 (rain day September 12), but with a 50th twist: entertainment, gifts, prizes and a special guest or two.

Retro Holiday Party for Dawson employees – December 2018

The annual holiday party at the end of term in December will have a special look and feel for the 50th with an organizing committee of new and old Dawson getting together to make this an event to remember. The theme is Dawson through the musical ages from 1968 to 2018.

Homecoming Days and Nights – September 2019

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Gala Evening
  • Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Family Picnic
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 – 50th Anniversary of the First Day of School

College Tours: Heritage and Nature

Dawson didn’t always occupy such a magnificent building and grounds. There are thousands of people, students, teachers and staff whose memories were not made in the old Mother House on Sherbrooke at the corner of Atwater. It is a storied place made even grander by the addition of a new Theatre and Peace Garden. Tours will be conducted in fair weather both inside and outside during Fall and Spring. Come back here to sign up for tours as dates are set!

Speaker Series

An educational institution has a special knack for presenting lectures and presentations, after all we run hundreds of these every day in the form of classes. This special 50th anniversary speaker series during 2018-2019 will bridge two themes between the old and the new, the past and the present and the future.

The Director General inaugurated the first event of this speaker series on June 1, 2018  under The Next 50 banner. An accomplished panel of experts explored artificial intelligence and the ways in which it might shape the future of education.

History of Dawson

Dawson was founded 50 years ago. It now occupies a building that is 110 years old. The stories we can and will tell. Special guests will speak about this rich heritage in the Fall and Spring, from Gary Evans’ The Landmark of Learning that documents the transformation from the Mother House in the 1980s into Dawson to the Sisters of the Congrégation-de-Notre-Dame who were in this building before us, to historians exploring the decades that Dawson came to be and shaped its character. Watch this space as events, dates and times are added.

The Next 50

Professor Ollivier Dyens, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) at McGill University, kicked off the Next 50 Speaker Series on June 1 with a keynote address on the subject of Artificial Intelligence and its growing impact on our societies and on human life. He was followed by an inter-disciplinary panel of experts who continued the dialogue with participants on a range of topics stemming from Professor Dyens’ remarks.

This inaugural event set the stage for the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series at Dawson that will explore provocative and evocative ideas urging us to reflect on and perhaps even change the way we think about our educational mission and the delivery of knowledge and skills. To go one step further, we should examine our roles as agents of change and progress for the greater good of society, asking ourselves: Are we setting the trends, or simply following them? Check back here for details as events, dates and times are added.

Let us Entertain You

Dawson has produced its fair share of artistic talent and sports stars. A full range of art exhibitions, theatre productions, music and dance performances, comedy shows and sporting events will be presented to celebrate the 50thanniversary of one of the most vibrant artistic communities in Montreal.

Check back often as events are added here

  • Comedy

Who doesn’t need a good laugh? We’ve lined up some shows with some of Montreal’s funniest, many of whom got their start at Dawson. Check here as shows are confirmed for ticket information

Last Modified: September 5, 2018