2017 New Graduate Student Welcome BBQ

Join us in Royce Quad, the heart of the UCLA campus, to kick off your first year of grad school!  Invitations and an RSVP link will be sent to new graduate students in early September.

It will be an evening of delicious food, music, and fun. Meet and mingle with other students, faculty, and department staff and partake in games, the ever-popular photo booth, giveaways, and raffles.  Joe & Josie Bruin will also be there!

Welcome New Graduate Students | October 4, 2017, 4:30-8:00 p.m. | Royce Quad

Vice Provost/Dean’s Welcome


This event is brought to you by UCLA Graduate Division.

Thank you to our sponsors!

UCLA Student Fees Advisory Committee

Coca Cola AT&T Groundwork Coffee
Huawei Wescom


For information on sponsoring the 2017 Welcome BBQ, volunteering or supporting Graduate Education at UCLA, please contact Jonathan Lipton, Director of Development, at jlipton@support.ucla.edu.


4:30 pm

  • Gates open for NEW Graduate Students to UCLA!
  • Food, music, and mingling

5:30 pm

5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

  • The fun continues!


Bring your UCLA Bruincard or University ID number for entry to the event.

PLUS, a passport or driver’s license will be REQUIRED for beer or wine consumption.

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UCLA Royce Quad
10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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PARKING: Parking Structure 2 is the designated lot for this event.  UCLA permit holders can park for free and non-permit holders can pay a reduced rate at the self-service Pay Stations at 4:30 pm and after.  The rate for guests parking with a disabled parking placard is $5. You may also purchase a parking pass at the Parking and Information Kiosk located at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore. The Kiosk at Westholme and Hilgard is currently under construction.

Visitor parking at UCLA

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO UCLA: Locate UCLA by zip code (90095) or by street address (405 Hilgard Avenue). Call 310-825-4321 for recorded directions. UCLA’s main campus is bounded by Sunset Boulevard on the north and Le Conte Avenue on the south; the east border is Hilgard Avenue and the west border is Gayley Avenue.



View a slideshow of the 2016 New Graduate Student Welcome

Group of 3 students with food and drinks Photobooth postcard picture

Take a look at the photo booth images from the 2016 New Graduate Student Welcome

Photo Disclosure:During this event, we may be taking photos, videotaping, and/or recording audio. Thus, you may be photographed, filmed, or as part of the larger attendance or individually. In addition, these elements of the event may be accessible for viewing in marketing materials or online after the event has concluded. By your attendance, you authorize the Regents of the University of California and their appointed agents to photograph, televise, videotape, film, audio record, live stream, duplicate and/or transfer to any present or future technology your likeness while an attendee at the 2017 UCLA New Graduate Student Welcome Barbecue and agrees that the Regents of the University of California, their authorized agents, employees and assignees may use the videotapes, photographs, film and/or audio recordings prepared therefrom for UCLA archival and marketing purposes.  No commercial use of the recordings are intended or will be authorized.  No compensation will be paid for this express use.



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If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 New Graduate Student welcome, we would love to have your help!

Also, throughout the year, the Graduate Division hosts a number of events that provide a wide variety of opportunities for alumni, donors and friends to actively engage with our students and be a part of their graduate education experience. These events range from career development workshops to networking events to our Grad Slam competition that showcases our students who can best present their research in 3 minutes or less.

To volunteer, please fill out the form here.

Volunteers Smiling

New Graduate Student Welcome – 2016



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Graduate Education
(310) 206-6086