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.

Musqueam Band and Okanagan Nation Alliance Flags

The flags of the Musqueam Band and Okanagan Nation Alliance will fly permanently above UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, respectively. Read more.

Flag Notification

Information will be posted here as required for flag notifications.


Flag Notification Archive

Dr. Alan Paeth and Dr. Chris Willie

Flags at UBC Okanagan were lowered on Wednesday, June 20, in memory of Dr. Alan Paeth who passed away on June 3, 2018, and Dr. Chris Willie, who passed away on December 21, 2017. Dr. Alan Paeth was an associate professor in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences’  Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and […]

Klaus Reichwald

Flags will be lowered at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Friday, April 20 in memory of Mr. Klaus Reichwald who passed away in Kelowna on March 31, 2018 at the age of 78. Mr. Reichwald was a close friend to UBC Okanagan, providing early and foundational philanthropic support to the campus in a time of intense […]

Official opening of Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and UBC Statement of Apology

Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Monday, April 9, on the occasion of the official opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and a Statement of Apology for UBC’s involvement in the system that supported the operation of the Indian Residential Schools, remembering those who did not survive.

Dr. Blair Spearman

Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Friday, October 6, 2017, in memory of Dr. Blair Spearman, Professor of Mathematics in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, who passed away on October 1, 2017. Dr. Spearman earned a PhD in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University in 1981. After working for the […]

Dr. Ian Stuart

The UBC Okanagan community is saddened by the passing of Dr. Ian Stuart on September 2, 2017. Dr. Stuart joined UBC in 2007, serving as Professor of Supply Chain Management and Dean of the Faculty of Management. Prior to his time at UBC, Dr. Stuart was director of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and […]

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 […]