University of California, Riverside

Office of Event Management & Protocol

Our Events

Chancellor's Dinner setup

Each year new milestones are achieved at UCR and many are marked by special events or ceremonies. The Office of Event Management & Protocol produces the campus' formal academic convocations, recognition events, and building groundbreakings and openings. In addition, the Office of Event Management & Protocol consults with UCR's academic and administrative units and provides guidance to assist them in achieving their event goals and objectives.

Annual Events

New Student Convocation

To mark the beginning of a student's journey as a member of the UCR community, New Student Convocation is held each fall for the entering class. At this formal academic ceremony, leaders in the University community welcome all incoming students into the Highlander family, and reaffirm the core values of the university - free inquiry, intellectual honesty, personal integrity and respect for human dignity.


Homecoming weekend at UCR is the highlight of UCR's fall quarter. Events include: Alumni reunions, bonfire, Scot Fest and the Basketball Game. All are welcome - Go Highlanders!

Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture has been presented by The Press-Enterprise and UCR since 1966. The goal of this free public lecture is to bring someone of exceptional achievement in journalism to Riverside to address important topics related to the news media.

Donors & Scholars Recognition

The achievement of a university degree would not be possible for many students if not for financial support provided through undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. The Donors & Scholars Recognition luncheon brings scholarship recipients and their benefactors together and acknowledges the special role that private philanthropy plays in enabling students to achieve their promise of success.


The UCR community culminates each academic year at Commencement. This series of formal academic ceremonies celebrates the achievements of UCR's graduating class. Ceremony highlights include the academic procession led by the UCR Pipe Band, student and keynote commencement addresses and the individual recognition of each graduate as they walk across the stage.

Past Events

The launch of “Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside” 

In October 2016, UC Riverside launched the public phase of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign.  

His Excellency John Dramani Mahama President of Ghana Lecture 

On October 2, 2015, the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama presented his lecture "The African Diaspora: Possibilities and Privileges of Empowerment in this Technological Age," at UC Riverside to a large audience at the University Theatre. The Event Management and Protocol team assisted UCR's International Affairs Office and African Student Programs with the coordination of the lecture which was followed by a book signing. 

Bourns College of Engineering 25th Anniversary

On May 16, 2015, the Event Management & Protocol team assisted UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering in creating a special night for their 25th anniversary. The college held a black tie dinner that honored several prominent supporters of the college, former chancellors of the university, and pioneer employees of BCOE.  Entertainment included a “Mathemagician” and a laser light show for the finale.  

Unity Poem Fiesta

On October 9, 2014, UC Riverside celebrated California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and his unity poem project, “The Most Incredible & Biggest Poem on Unity in the World.”  Highlights of the event included booths with hands-on poetry activities, readings of excerpts from the 170-page unity poem by students from elementary schools, UCR’s Mayupatapi ensemble performing African-Colombian music, and free tacos.

The Investiture of Kim A. Wilcox

Kim A. Wilcox was appointed the ninth chancellor of UC Riverside on April 23, 2014 .  After the ceremony, which consisted of a faculty and official party recession, a reception followed at the campus bell tower, with carillon music, student performance groups, and refreshments that included a citrus mojito and blue and gold cupcakes.

2014 Chancellor's Symposia

In May of 2014, UC Riverside hosted three separate lectures that were part of the Chancellor’s Symposia on “The Future of the American Research University” featuring lectures by national thought leaders in Higher Education.  


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