September 8, 2016

Dear Members of our Campus Community:

UC Santa Barbara will continue the tradition of welcoming our incoming undergraduate students to the experience of higher education during New Student Convocation, planned for Monday, September 19, 2016, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Faculty Green. This event, attended by more than 4,500 entering students last year, constitutes a key component of broader campus efforts to communicate to students the unique values of a UC Santa Barbara education, and the excitement of becoming part of our campus community. Our New Student Convocation is the University’s official induction ceremony for new students and the only campus ceremony for the entering class until Commencement.

This year’s ceremony will feature remarks by Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science Pierre Wiltzius, and greetings by 2016-2017 Associated Students President Austin Hechler and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Margaret Klawunn. As in previous years, faculty members will be invited to attend the event in academic regalia.

Our New Student Convocation is a special opportunity to create a sense of community for our new students in the first days of the fall quarter. I encourage you to join me and the academic leadership of our campus in welcoming our incoming class.


Henry T. Yang