Thousands of new UC Davis students filled the ARC Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon to learn what it means to be an Aggie, and meet new friends in the process.
The New Student Celebration is now an annual tradition, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor. It introduces new students to the university and college life, and showcases “the extraordinary living and learning ahead for them,” according to a campus spokesman.
Students arrived at the event in groups, with their residence hall advisers, filling up the arena floor and grandstands as the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh welcomed them with upbeat tunes.
Several student groups entertained the crowd, including the Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan drumming club, and quick speeches were delivered by, among others, popular UCD nutrition professor Liz Applegate; UCD graduate Christine Gulbranson, who’s currently a judge on TV’s “The Big Brain Theory”; and Aggie football coach Ron Gould, who joined ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom to lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of the Aggie fight song.
All the while, students were texting and their messages were shown on a big screen. Dinner outside followed the celebration.
Welcome activities continued with the annual Fall Convocation on Wednesday morning at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s event featured a food and health fair to complement the convocation theme.
Classes begin Thursday.