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Our next century begins with a bang

It was a remarkable weekend as The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) celebrated 100 years of action-based education in Alberta.

The festivities reached a high point on Sunday, when our community gathered on campus to mark SAIT's proud history.

The afternoon kicked off with food and fun, but the good times kept on rolling into the evening when Canadian musician Dan Mangan took the stage. A countdown to 7:16 pm (better known as 19:16 — a military time to match the year of SAIT's inception) led to the grand fireworks finale.

The big day at a glance

Because a 100th birthday only happens once in a lifetime, we got the whole thing on video — get a one-stop look at the entire day.

Picture perfect

Such an action-packed day made for hundreds of great moments — photographers were there to capture as many of them as possible.

Play-by-play of the day

We don't want to forget anything that happened the day SAIT turned 100, so we logged it all on sait.ca/100.

A snap shot of the centennial blog.

Find out more about the incredible cake that fed thousands.

Time after time

After 50 years in the ground, the 1966 time capsule was unearthed and the contents were unpacked in front of a full house. Here are some of the items preserved inside.

The capsule that held contents safely underground for 50 years.

The excavation

Watch video of the crew getting the time capsule out of the ground — it was not as easy as you may expect.

Visit the Reg Erhardt Library to see the full contents of the 1966 and 1991 capsules.

Become a part of the time capsule to be opened on SAIT's 200th birthday in 2116 by sharing a photo using the hashtag #SAIT100 — your photo will be included in the photo mosaic and be added to the time capsule contents.

Alumni Day

Saturday, Oct. 15 was a day dedicated to the more than 227,000 SAIT alumni that live in Calgary and around the world. SAIT graduates and their families came to campus for a special preview of the School of Transportation 100 Years of Wheels and Wings car, truck and auto show, a fun, family tailgate party, an exciting centennial match-up between the SAIT Trojans and the NAIT Ooks men's hockey teams and, to cap off the day, a social evening to reminisce with friends and former classmates at the Alumni Reunion Mixer.

See the full Alumni Day photo gallery.

An Evening of History in the Making

On Thursday, Oct. 13, early celebrations kicked off with a one-night-only show at the Jubilee. An Evening of History in the Making was put on in collaboration with Calgary's Kelly Brothers Productions — it beautifully and creatively showcased our proud past, people and community. Watch the whole show below.

The centennial year

Our centennial year is only just beginning — there's more yet to come. Stay tuned to sait.ca/100 for information about the Centennial 100 Projects Project, the #SAIT Photo Mosaic, #SAITstory and much more.