OTD: University of Manitoba opens

On today’s date in 1877, the University of Manitoba officially opened its doors to confer degrees on graduates of its three founding colleges—St. Boniface College (Roman Catholic/Francophone), St John’s College (Anglican) and Manitoba College (Presbyterian).

In 2002, Canada Post issued a multi-coloured 48-cent stamp (Scott #1941) commemorating the University of Manitoba as part of its Universities series, which also included Laval University (SC #1942); University of Trinity College (SC #1943); and St. Mary’s University (SC #1944).

The University of Manitoba stamp—issued Feb. 28, 2002—commemorates the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding, which took place on the same date in 1877, when founder Alexander Morris received a charter for the school.

WESTERN CANADA’S FIRST UNIVERSITY

As Western Canada’s first university, the University of Manitoba offered instruction through the three existing colleges mentioned above.

The university’s administration building, pictured here in a photo from 2005, was featured on the Canada Post stamp issued in 2002.

The university’s administration building (shown above in a photo from 2005) was featured on the 2002 stamp.

Today, the school has a student body of about 21,000 people with 22 faculties across two campuses. It offers more than 100 different areas of study at the undergraduate level in addition to graduate and professional programs.

Each stamp of the Universities series shows a significant building from the campus; the university seal; and a vignette of an activity.

Designed by Semaphor Design, of Halifax, N.S., the University of Manitoba features the university’s administration building with a vignette highlighting the school’s role in the development of canola. Printed by Ashton-Potter on Tullis Russell coated paper using five-colour lithography, the stamps have general tagging and measure 33 mm x 45 mm (vertical).

An official first-day cover was also cancelled in Winnipeg, Man.

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