UBC students at Jericho Beach at sunset

UBC’s Top 12 Instagram Posts of 2019

Counting down your favourite moments of the year, as ‘liked’ by UBC’s Instagram community

12. Vancouver Pride Parade

In a flurry of rainbow flags and confetti, UBC students, faculty and staff took to Vancouver’s West End to celebrate Pride Festival. 

11. The Vancouver Koi Story: Part 2

Otter-gate at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was all many Vancouverites could talk about for months. In May, UBC’s Nitobe Memorial Garden donated 10 fish to replace those lost to hungry otters.

10. A researcher’s best friend

What’s an Instagram feed without a dog? This friendly local pup popped by to say hello to UBC Okanagan researcher Kevin Hanna, who was doing fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic.

9. Chelsea Gladstone

Our community rallied around 21-year-old trailblazer Chelsea Gladstone, who received UBC’s first Lieutenant Governor Medal for her work empowering Indigenous students on campus.

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When Chelsea Gladstone walks across the stage at #UBCgrad, she’ll become the first member of her family to graduate from university. She’ll also be doing it as UBC’s first Lieutenant Governor Medal winner, in recognition of her work in supporting and empowering Indigenous students on campus. … The 21-year-old fourth-year arts student, who is also a Wesbrook scholar and Premier’s Undergraduate Scholarship recipient, is graduating with a double major in First Nations Indigenous Studies and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She grew up with her five siblings in the close-knit Haida community of Skidegate, in Haida Gwaii, where her father, who is Haida and her mother, who is English, Scottish and Mi’kmaq, ensured she was steeped in the cultural traditions of her ancestors. … “I’ve been grounded in my culture from a very young age,” says Gladstone, whose Haida name, Xanjuu Gwang, translates as “traveling around.” … “I learned how to Haida sing and dance from the time I could walk and talk.” … When she arrived at UBC, it was only natural for Gladstone to continue deepening her connection to Indigenous culture. A collaborator of the AMS Indigenous Committee and a peer advisor for Aboriginal Student Affairs, Gladstone is the facilitator for the UBC Indigenous Leadership Collective. The collective, which was created two years ago, provides Indigenous students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills, get involved in cultural events and engage in advocacy work. … “We all come from unique backgrounds,” says Gladstone, “and the one thing that brings us together is our experience with colonialism. We work to create a positive environment where we can talk about these experiences, and address them proactively.”

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8. Spring graduation

In May, Main Mall was taken over by jubilant graduates as we celebrated 28 grad ceremonies at UBC Vancouver.

7. New school year

UBC’s amazing coastal location means there’s no shortage of picture-perfect views. In this shot, students rang in the new school year by watching the sunset at Jericho Beach.

6. 1950s Vancouver

The Vancouver we know today is barely recognizable in these historic 1950s photos from UBC Geography.

5. Welcome to UBC

Imagine UBC turned the start of the school year into a celebration. Even UBC president Santa Ono couldn’t say no to a game of ping pong on Main Mall.

4. Fall on campus

We just couldn’t help but fall for fall! No filters required as our Vancouver campus turned into a blur of red, orange and green.


3. Canada Day

On July 1, our UBC community celebrated Canada Day by taking in the extraordinary view from Main Mall.


2. Snowball fight

Ready, set — throw! On February 13, the UBC community came together on Main Mall for a campus-wide snowball fight.

1. Polar Bear Swim

And the most popular post of 2019? Thousands of brave souls taking the plunge into the icy cold waters of Wreck Beach to celebrate the end of classes for another year. It’s called the Polar Bear Swim and we have the video to prove it. 

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