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2015 New Student Welcome Convocation and Dinner

Monday, September 21, 5:00 p.m.


The 2015 New Student Welcome Convocation and Dinner is the top event of Welcome Week for all new students. As the inaugural academic event of the year, it marks your formal entrance into the UC San Diego academic community. Each year, over 5,000 new students attend the convocation and dinner with their colleges. Dinner with fellow new students and faculty is served on RIMAC Field immediately after the ceremony. To cover each student’s meal expense, $10 will be automatically deducted from the Dining Dollar account of all new freshmen and transfer students living on campus with a dining plan.

The weather can quickly cool down in the evening with the marine layer. Please bring a light sweater or jacket to the event.

At the conclusion of the convocation program, students are invited to eat dinner and meet with faculty at the rear of RIMAC field.

Featured Speakers

Faculty Speaker

Wayne Yang, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

A recipient of UC San Diego’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Yang’s research focuses on the role of youth popular culture and education in the emergence of social movements. He was the co-founder of the Avenues Project, a non-project youth development organization, and also the co-founder of East Oakland Community High School. He worked in school system reform as part of Oakland Unified School District’s Office of School Reform and taught high school in Oakland for over 15 years.

Alumna Speaker

Colleen Sabatini, MD, MPH

Dr. Sabatini received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego where she studied biology and dance. She received a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Currently, her clinical practice is based at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland (CHRCO) where she serves as the Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Service. Having been a dancer for most of her life, Dr. Sabatini's passion for caring for children with orthopaedic problems is based in her own history of orthopaedic injuries and a commitment to helping others live an active and healthy life.