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UC Riverside Opens New Academic Year with Convocation Monday, Sept. 22


UC Riverside Opens New Academic Year with Convocation Monday, Sept. 22

Formal convocation will turn into a spirited pep rally and party on the grass; classes start Thursday

(September 19, 2008)

UCR students enjoy gathering in the Commons on campus, photo credit: Walter UrieEnlarge

UCR students enjoy gathering in the Commons on campus, photo credit: Walter Urie

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- University of California, Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White will open the 2008-09 academic year in formal academic regalia at the “New Student Convocation,” at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 in the Student Recreation Center.

The ceremony will begin with a formal procession of faculty and administrators in full academic regalia. In addition to Chancellor White, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs James W. Sandoval and student body president Roxanna Sanchez will speak. The keynote speaker is Tiffany Ana Lopez, associate professor of English.

All incoming freshmen and transfer students have been invited to the event, designed to promote the shared values of the university, including free inquiry, intellectual honesty, personal integrity, and respect for human dignity.

The formality will end about 6 p.m. with a switch to a spirited pep rally for UCR’s Highlander athletics teams, led by Director of Athletics, Stan Morrison.

This is the first of several events marking the start of a new academic year. Classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 25. Over 17,000 students are expected to attend UC Riverside this year, although final figures will not be available until a census at the end of the third week of classes.

As they are finding their way around campus for the first few days, Student Life is hosting four temporary information booths, where campus veterans will give directions to buildings, answer questions about how to get a parking permit or hand out campus maps.

The social life of the campus will kick off with a series of concerts and events for students sponsored by the Associated Students Program Board, Student Life office, Housing, Student Affairs and others. The concerts are not open to the general public, although students can bring friends, and staff and faculty are welcome.

UCR will move in 3,500 new students into three residence halls: Aberdeen-Inverness, Lothian, and Pentland Hills, on Sunday, Sept. 21, which will make streets around the campus busy.
Students in a new Commons building on campus. Photo credit: Walter UrieEnlarge

Students in a new Commons building on campus. Photo credit: Walter Urie

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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