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School Year Off to Great Start

UC Riverside Opens New Academic Year With 17,000 Students and a “Welcome Week” of Concerts and Comedy Nights

Formal Convocation Ceremony Welcomes New Students to Campus

(September 22, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2003) -- University of California, Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova will open the academic year in colorful academic regalia for the “New Student Convocation,” at 5 p.m. Monday, September 22, in the Student Recreation Center gymnasium.

All incoming freshmen and transfer students have been invited to this ceremony designed to promote the shared values of the university free inquiry, intellectual honesty, personal integrity, and respect for human dignity.
The ceremony will begin with a formal procession of faculty and administrators. Dr. Bertice Berry, sociologist, author, and lecturer will deliver the keynote address.

This is the first of several events marking the start of a new academic year, with fall quarter classes beginning on Thursday, Sept. 25. UC Riverside’s student population is expected to surpass 17,000 students, although final figures will not be available until the end of the second week of classes.

The social life of the campus starts with a bang in the first week, designated as “Welcome Week,” with events sponsored by the Associated Students Program Board, the Office of Student Life, and others:

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 -- Mark Salzman, whose first book, “Iron and Silk” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will speak in the University Lecture Hall. His free, public speech is part of the “Connect” program in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, designed to provide a sense of belonging to new freshmen in the college. More information about the author is available online at

5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 -- Block Party at the corner of University Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive, featuring live bands, food and game booths, henna tattos, and other activities. The street will be closed to traffic.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 -- College Comedy Night kicks off in University Theatre, a performance that is free and open to the public.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 -- UC Riverside Recreation Center is the location for a concert by two hip-hop artists, “Xzibit,” and “Obie Trice.” UCR students pay $10 with general admission starting at $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 END-dependence Spoken Word Tour, a performance of writers, artists, musicians and community organizers, sponsored by statewide MEChA groups, La Raza Students Organization and others. Part of a statewide tour, the performance will be at the University Lecture Hall. Cost is $5 to $8.

The University of California, Riverside ( 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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