September 5, 2019

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 23, 2019, 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 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 be opened by Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science Pierre Wiltzius and feature a keynote address by Professor Jeffrey Stewart, 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner, along with greetings by 2019-2020 Associated Students President Alison Sir 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