Campus Flags

Lowering of the Flags

UBC’s Okanagan Campus has three flags in the main courtyard.

The Okanagan Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of all three flags at the passing of a member of the campus community. When this occurs, the information is sent via email for distribution campus-wide, and it is also posted on this web page.

Days of Recognition

The UBC flag is replaced occasionally by other flags being flown for special occasions; such as the Okanagan Nation flag being flown on National Aboriginal Day, or the Rainbow flag being flown during Outweek.


Canada 150

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Canada 150 flag will fly in place of the UBC flag from Wednesday, June 28  to Wednesday, July 5, 2017.


Flag Notification Archive

Sydney Bednarik

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered on Friday, May 12, in memory of student Sydney Bednarik. Sydney was a fourth-year psychology student in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Our condolences to Sydney’s family, friends and fellow students. A celebration of life and memorial gathering for Sydney will be held […]

National Day of Mourning

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered on Friday, April 28, in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, to remember lives lost in the workplace and resolve to prevent future tragedies.

Melissa Mimura

Flags will be lowered at UBC Okanagan on Wednesday, April 19, in memory of student Melissa Mimura, who passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Melissa was a fourth-year sociology student in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Our condolences to the Melissa’s family, friends and fellow students. A celebration of life […]

Bill Nelems, MD, FRCSC

Flags will be lowered at UBC‘s Okanagan campus on Wednesday, April 12, in memory of Dr. Bill Nelems who passed away on March 31, 2017, at the age of 77. A pioneering thoracic surgeon, Dr. Nelems led Canada’s largest telemedicine program, and was instrumental in improving healthcare delivery throughout British Columbia. He was a former […]

Dr. Claire Budgen

Flags on the UBC Okanagan campus will be lowered on Friday, February 3, 2017, in memory of Dr. Claire Budgen, who passed away at her home in Kelowna on Tuesday, January 3. Dr. Budgen was Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Development. Prior to retiring in 2016, Dr. Budgen […]

Quebec City Tragedy

Flags will be lowered on the UBC Okanagan campus on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, for all those affected by the tragic and shocking attack at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday. The University of British Columbia deplores the violence and offers sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones. UBC celebrates diversity in […]

President Emeritus Dr. David Strangway, O.C.

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered tomorrow, Thursday, December 15, 2016, in memory of President Emeritus Dr. David Strangway, O.C. Please see the statement on the President’s website.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered on Tuesday, December 6 to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Please see:  UBC Engineering – Okanagan’s Facebook page and UBC’s response to sexual assault – next steps

Julianne (Juli) Rae Lion

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered on Friday, September 30, 2016, in memory of Julianne (Juli) Rae Lion, who passed away while visiting her family home in Kamloops on September 24. Juli started the Bachelor of Human Kinetics program this year. Our condolences to the Lion family, Juli’s classmates, friends, teachers and all […]

Orlando Shooting

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered today, Monday, June 13, 2016, in respect for all those affected by the shooting in Orlando. Please read Dr. Piper’s message to the UBC community.