September 17, 2020

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 our Virtual New Student Convocation, planned for Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 3-4 p.m. 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.

I am looking forward to welcoming our incoming students at this year's ceremony, which will feature keynote remarks by Dr. Belinda Robnett, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; remarks by Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science Pierre Wiltzius; and greetings by 2020-2021 Associated Students President Daevionne Beasley and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Margaret Klawunn.

The live-streamed ceremony information can be found on September 29th at

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