Fall Welcome: Be a Hero With Us

Students run under the New Student balloon arch, 2016.
First-year and transfer students will run through this arch, like they did in 2016, when they leave The Pavilion and make their way to Hutchison Field. Returning students and staff and faculty are encouraged to line the pathway, to cheer on our new students.

Capes are optional at UC Davis Fall Welcome this coming Monday (Sept. 24).


WHAT: Fall Welcome 2018

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 24

  • Doors open — 3:15 p.m.
  • Program — 4-5 p.m.

WHERE: The Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center


TICKETS required for staff, faculty and community members, limit two per person.

  • Online (You will need to set up an account with the UC Davis Ticket Office if you do not already have one.)
  • Phone — 530-752-2471
  • In person — At the Ticket Office, north end of Aggie Stadium, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

On the day of the event, The Pavilion box office will be open at 1:30 p.m. for will call and any issues people may have had in printing their tickets.

Students do not need tickets but should bring identification.

Chancellor Gary S. May is bringing everyone together — students, staff, faculty and members of the Davis community — for a fun and festive celebration (not to mention free dinner!) as we embark on another year of doing good in the world.

Important reminder for staff and faculty: Unlike Fall Convocation, you must have a ticket to get in (see box for details on how to get your free tickets). Staff: Release time with supervisor approval is appropriate.

We are Aggie Heroes — and that is the theme of the chancellor’s Fall Welcome, drawing on his affinity for superheroes and sharing his mantra: “Every day, try to learn something, try to help someone and try to make the world better.” It’s applicable to all of us, in our studies, in our work, in our research and in our community — as you will see in videos to be presented during the program.

Scott Moak, public address announcer for the Sacramento Kings, will return as master of ceremonies (after serving as emcee at the chancellor’s “Future Forward” celebration last year), and ASUCD Vice President Shaniah Branson will be co-emcee.

Branson will talk with people in the audience as the program zeroes in on three aspects of making our campus community a better place for diversity/equity, food availability and mental health. Student-faculty teams will address each of those topics:

  • Diversity/equity — Ranjot “Rina” Singh, student; and Miriam Nuno, CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine 
  • Food availability — Rosa “Rosy” Martinez, student; and Alan Bennett, professor of plant sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 
  • Mental health — Carlee Johnson, student; and Carolyn Dewa, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine.

From convocation to celebration

The UC Davis Fall Welcome is a new event this year — a combination of Fall Convocation and the New Student Celebration from years past — mixing the formality of the former with the festivity of the latter including a DJ and taiko drumming, as well as live social media posts projected on a giant screen.

The venue is The Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center; doors open at 3:15 p.m. for pre-event activities, and the program will start and 4 and end at 5.

Can’t be there? Watch the livestream (or watch the recording later — check back here for the URL).

Upon the program’s conclusion, everyone’s invited outside to Hutchison Field for the New Student Resource Fair and that free dinner we mentioned earlier — dinner for everyone! You’ll get a wristband as you enter The Pavilion, and that wristband will entitle you to a meal from one of the many food trucks outside.

Oh, and did I mention free T-shirts? Yep, you’ll get dinner and a free #AggieHeroes T-shirt — a cape of sorts to wear proudly in our heroic year ahead.

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