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2019 New Student Welcome Convocation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:00am - 1:00pm


The 2019 New Student Welcome Convocation & Lunch is the kick-off 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 6,000 new students attend the convocation and lunch with their colleges. Lunch with fellow new students and faculty is served on RIMAC Field immediately after the ceremony.

The weather in La Jolla can change quickly this time of year, with the marine layer often burning off to full sun. Please consider wearing a light layer in the morning and be sure to bring a hat and wear sunscreen.

At the conclusion of the convocation program, students are invited to eat lunch and meet with faculty on RIMAC field.

Featured Speakers

Faculty Keynote Speaker

Professor Gentry Patrick

Dr. Patrick is a Professor in the Neurobiology Section of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California at San Diego. His lab studies the role of protein turnover in synaptic plasticity and neurodegenerative disease. He additionally is the Director of Mentorship and Diversity for the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. Dr. Patrick was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles (where he attended King/Drew Medical Magnet high school in Watts, CA). Dr. Patrick received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999 after working in the laboratory of Dr. Li-Huei Tsai. He was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and a United Negro College Fund/Merck postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Erin Schuman at California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Patrick joined the UCSD faculty in 2004. In 2015, Dr. Patrick became the Director of Mentorship and Diversity for the Division of Biological Sciences. In this capacity (while still running an active lab), he has been tasked to help lead the efforts of the Division in the areas of diversity, mentorship and inclusion. Dr. Patrick is also creator and Faculty Director of the PATHways to STEM through Enhanced Access and Mentorship (PATHS) Scholars Program.


Faculty, please join Chancellor Khosla and Executive Vice Chancellor Simmons at the Pre-Convocation Reception, which will serve as the staging and assembly area prior to the Convocation Ceremony. 10:00am RIMAC Green Room
RSVP your participation to evc-events@ucsd.edu by September 17. For information, please call ex.40099.

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