Under the patronage of the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Abdallah Bin Abdalaziz Al Saoud, KFUPM celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of its College in 1963. To mark this milestone, the University will start the celebration when the university completes 50 years in Hijri Calendar and will end the celebration when it completes 50 years in Gregorian calendar (Activities over one and half year). There will be a series of programs and activities, beginning with a celebration in KFUPM Yard in 3rd of April 2012. The anniversary will also include a full program of events that characterize the lively intellectual exchanges that flourish at KFUPM. These will include academic events, lectures, symposia and exhibits. KFUPM has also launched a series of initiatives to recognize the University's enduring legacy.