Tuesday marked the official kick-off of the 2021-2022 academic year with UC San Diego’s annual convocation for new students. Looking out across thousands of students for this milestone moment for the first time in two years, I felt a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment that we had arrived at this moment.
Historically, this day has been a celebration of the formal entry of first year and transfer students into the Triton community. This year, however, we celebrated two cohorts – those who started last fall, and those who started just last week. Our transfer and first-year students are just beginning their UC San Diego experience. Our second-year students brought a year of Triton experience with them. For everyone who attended, this was the first time they were able to assemble on campus. Their optimism and enthusiasm were palpable.