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Rediscover the Excitement of UC San Diego at Triton Day

Photos by Alan Decker

For newly admitted students, Triton Day serves as a chance to learn what it means to be a Triton, and an opportunity to accept UC San Diego’s offer of admission. For current students, staff, and faculty, the April 6 event provides a rare opportunity to rediscover the excitement that is UC San Diego—even if you are on campus every day.

As members of the UC San Diego community, all of us had a “first day” on campus (hopefully it was exhilarating), and chose this path – whether as a student or employee or both. In a few weeks, we invite you to revisit the fun and enjoy events and activities that are part of Triton Day—and it’s all free.

Please join us

Here’s just a sampling of the Triton Day festivities that you can attend:

  • Entertainment on Price Center Plaza Stage—11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.—Price Center Plaza
    Students, staff and faculty are invited to the heart of campus to experience parts of UC San Diego that you might have forgotten. Live entertainment will be provided by various student groups on campus.  
  • Thurgood Marshall College’s 35th Annual Cultural Celebration—10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—
    Thurgood Marshall College

    Join Thurgood Marshall College in celebrating the foods and cultures of a diverse and vibrant campus. The free festival will feature music, dance, games and a children’s village with face painting, cotton candy, a henna workshop, scavenger hunt and world-art trivia.
  • Student Life BBQ—2:30 to 4 p.m. — Sungod Lawn    
    For current and prospective UC San Diego students, there is no better way to end the day than by hanging out with friends and possibly making new ones. All students are encouraged to attend this social mixer to meet current students of all years and share experiences and affiliations in a fun and carefree environment. The BBQ will have an inflatable obstacle course, music and food.

Charting the Course

As many parents and students know, planning for college can be a daunting and confusing process. Guidance and resources will be available at Triton Day’s “Charting the Course: College Planning and Information Session,” a free event open to families of middle school, high school and community college students. UC San Diego community members, your families and friends are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

“We offer an opportunity to talk to UC San Diego staff who are trained in this particular area,” says Cynthia Davalos, special assistant to the vice chancellor-student affairs. “Come and hear what we have to share. It’s never too early to start thinking about college.”

  • Charting the Course: College Planning and Information Session—11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    For anyone interested in learning how to get into college, this information session will cover application timelines, college requirements and tests and how to apply for financial aid. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Seating is limited, RSVP required. Please call (858) 534-6862 or email to reserve your seat.

Volunteers Needed

Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, you can help welcome admitted students to the Triton family! Volunteers are needed in shifts on Triton Day, April 6, as well as the afternoon before. Details are below:

  • Pre-Event Set-up—Friday, Apr. 5, 1-6 p.m.
    Help with booth set-up, signage placement and program material organization. Shifts are two hours and all volunteers will receive a limited edition Triton Day T-shirt and special Volunteer50 items.
  • Triton Day—Saturday, Apr. 6, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Volunteers will help with booth set-up, serve as entertainment assistants and campus direction ambassadors, staff the information booth and more. Shifts vary from two to three hours. All volunteers will receive a limited edition Triton Day T-shirt, special Volunteer50 items, lunch and preferred volunteer parking.

A volunteer orientation will be held a few days prior to the event. For more information and to sign up, email

For Triton Day information, go to