2019 New Graduate Student Welcome Festival


2019 New Graduate Student Welcome Festival

Vice Provost/Dean’s Welcome

On Thursday, October 3rd, the Graduate Division welcomed into the UCLA community around 1,400 members of our incoming class of more than 4,500 graduate students representing 46 states and 62 countries. Our newest Bruins enjoyed an eventful evening of food & drink, music by DJ Matt Graumann, raffle prizes, a photo booth, games, and the camaraderie of other entering graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Congratulations to all the lucky winners of the fabulous raffle prizes!

(9) Meal vouchers
Donated by UCLA Faculty Center

(3) $50 UCLA Bookstore gift cards
Donated by UCLA Bookstore

(2) $100 Napa Valley Grille gift cards
Donated by Napa Valley Grille

(5) The Sleep Revolution books by Arianna Huffington
Donated by Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA

And to the randomly selected winners of the four $500 fellowships!

Vivien Enriquez, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Karina Lee, Asian American Studies

Kushagra Rastogi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Andrea Renteria, Public Health


This event was brought to you by UCLA Graduate Division.

Thank you to our lead sponsor, UCLA STUDENT FEES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, 
as well as our additional contributors

Wescom IKEA Burbank Napa Valley Grille UCLA Faculty Center

For information on sponsoring the New Graduate Student Welcome, volunteering or supporting Graduate Education at UCLA, please contact Pia Arvisu, Associate Director of Development, at parvisu@support.ucla.edu.



5:00 pm
Gates open for NEW Graduate Students to UCLA!
6:00 pm


Brief welcome and remarks
Robin L. Garrell
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean, Graduate Division
Monroe Gorden
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Graduate Students Association (GSA)
Joe & Josie Bruin arrive
6:15 pm
Raffle drawings
6:30 pm
The fun continues!
7:00 pm

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 $8 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.


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If you are interested in volunteering for the 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.


Students looking at map at the New Graduate Student Welcome 2018
New Graduate Student Welcome 2019



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Friday, September 20, 2019


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