Our past. Our story. Our future.

Ta’n wejitaiek, a’tukwaqnminal, elmi’ knikminen.

50 Years

Cape Breton University’s 50th Anniversary celebration as an independent post-secondary institution with an autonomous Board of Governors begins in January 2024. Join us in celebrating our golden anniversary through exciting events, activities and special projects throughout the year.

Whether you graduated from one of our predecessor institutions, in CBU’s early years or are part of the CBU community today, we look forward to you joining us for this year-long celebration of remarkable milestones, shared memories and stories.

Our Story

Our roots grew from humble beginnings, a story of dedication and perseverance. The College of Cape Breton including Xavier Junior College, Xavier College, the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and the University College of Cape Breton set the stage for the CBU we know and love today.

Over the past 50 years, our story has continued to develop and grow. It is our people, our cultures and our strong sense of community that make Cape Breton University what it is today. As we head into our 50th Anniversary in 2024, we’re looking to highlight even more CBU stories. So whether your story is from 1974 or 2023, we want to hear from you. If you have a story to share from the past 50 years, please share your recommendations or submit your story for consideration.


If you have questions about the celebration or want to be part of the planning, please contact 50anniversary@cbu.ca.

The History of CBU


From our humble beginnings as Xavier Junior College to our 23 years as UCCB, follow along on our journey to becoming Cape Breton University.

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50th News & Stories

Twins, Leaplings, Alumni: Meet Adam Young and Jennifer Williams

February 28, 2024

There are few things more rare than giving birth to twins on February 29. But this was exactly the case…

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Inaugural Lecture Marks 50 Years of Academic Excellence

February 26, 2024

Cape Breton University’s 50th Anniversary is officially underway! From humble beginnings as the College of Cape Breton (CCB), including Xavier…

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Echoes of Evolution of 50 Years: Meet Bernie MacLennan

January 17, 2024

In 2024, Cape Breton University proudly celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent post-secondary institution. We are proud that students…

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A Throwback: CBU Capers Unveil Retro Jerseys for 50th Anniversary

January 10, 2024

As Cape Breton University heads into its 50th anniversary year, the CBU Capers have taken a nostalgic stride with the…

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