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2018 New Student Welcome Convocation & Dinner

Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm



The 2018 New Student Welcome Convocation & Dinner 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 dinner with their colleges. Dinner with fellow new students and faculty is served on RIMAC Field immediately after the ceremony.

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 on RIMAC field.

Featured Speakers

Faculty Keynote Speaker

Professor Anita Raj (Department of Medicine)

Anita Raj is a Tata Chancellor Professor of Society and Health. She is a Professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Education Studies and the Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH). Her research, including both epidemiologic and intervention studies, focuses on sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, and gender inequalities including gender-based violence. She has also conducted research on gender disparities in retention and advancement in academic medicine. Dr. Raj has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and her work has been featured in major media outlets in the US, the UK and in India. She has served as an advisor to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly on the issue of child marriage. Currently, she is helping spearhead an upcoming Lancet series on Gender Equality and Health, where she is analyzing gender inequalities in health systems

Alumni Keynote

Dave Marchick ‘88 (History)
Muir College

David M. Marchick serves as Managing Director and Global Head of External Affairs for the Carlyle Group and serves as a Member of the firm's Management Committee. He serves on the board of directors of the Traxys Group. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Marchick was a partner and Vice-Chair of the international practice group at Covington & Burling. Mr. Marchick is a past Chairman of the Board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, an organization committed to enhance diversity in the financial services industry, and is on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Mr. Marchick is the co-author of the book "U.S. National Security and Foreign Direct Investment" (Institute for International Economics, May 2006) and has authored numerous articles in major business and trade publications. Prior to joining Covington & Burling in 2002, Mr. Marchick worked on then-Governor Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign and served in four departments – the White House, USTR and Departments of State and Commerce – over seven years in the Clinton Administration. Mr. Marchick earned his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, his M.A. from the University of Texas and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. While at UCSD, he served as Associated Student Body President. Subsequent to graduation, Mr. Marchick has supported UCSD in a number of ways, including through scholarships for students of color and, along with a number of former leaders, through the endowment of the Tom Tucker Leadership Scholarship. The Tom Tucker Leadership Scholarship, named in honor of a former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, provides full tuition to one student a year who demonstrates exceptional leadership and impact on the UCSD community. He is currently a UC San Diego Foundation Trustee and Washington, D.C. Chair of the Campaign Cabinet for The Campaign for UC San Diego.


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. 3:30pm RIMAC Green Room
RSVP your participation to evc-events@ucsd.edu by September 17. For information, please call ex.40099.

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