UCR Welcomes New Students (photo slideshow)

More than 3,000 first-year and transfer students received a warm welcome

The annual first year student convocation was held on September 26, 2017. CARLOS PUMA

UC Riverside held two days of welcoming ceremonies for first-year and transfer students.

At the annual UC Riverside convocation ceremony, held on Sept. 26, faculty, staff, and UCR leadership welcomed more than 3,200 students on Pierce Lawn. The following day, faculty, staff and campus resource representatives gave a warm reception to 136 transfer students in a ceremony at the Tomás Rivera Library.

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox told students they were future leaders, with the power to share knowledge, help others, and question society. He also reminded them to always ask faculty for support in order to further their student experience.

“Welcome to UCR and have a great four years,” Wilcox told the students during the evening event.

UCR Academic Senate Chair and Ethnic Studies Professor Dylan Rodriguez reminded students about the importance of challenging discrimination and racism, and about the need to work together to overcome cultural differences in today’s political climate. His words prompted an applause from the audience.

Kenneth Noller, UCR Alumni Association president, encouraged students to get involved in one of the more than 400 student groups on campus.

Academic and Student Affairs leaders also had words of encouragement for the transfer student population. UCR’s administration celebrated an inaugural transfer student welcome at the Tomás Rivera Library with 17 resource booths that provided information regarding services including study abroad programs, veteran services, and academic support at each of the colleges.

“The event was a great way to start the year and welcome back the new transfer students to UCR. I witnessed many students making new connections, exchanging contact information, and building their network. We hope to have more events like this in the future,” said Heather Marie Correa, new student programs coordinator with Student Life. The event was also supported by the Office of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs.

Transfer students arrive with a unique set of experiences and an impressive set of skills that become important resources for the overall college experience, Wilcox said.

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cindy Larive welcomed the transfer students to a campus known for many great achievements, including a diverse student body and faculty passionate about assuring student success.

“Go to your professors’ office hours, send them an email, don’t hesitate to ask questions,” Larive said. “I hope that you will thrive here because that’s what we want for you.”

 

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