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Founders' Celebration

UC San Diego’s annual Founders’ Celebration commemorates the day the campus was officially founded on November 1960.

The main events are a daytime celebration in Town Square; an interactive evening symposium; and student–run, nighttime festival. The entire campus community–faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends–is invited to join in and honor the founding of our campus and the remarkable Tritons around the world who make UC San Diego one of the top 10 public universities in the nation.

2013 Founders’ Celebration Slideshow

Founders' Celebration Slideshow

2013 Founders’ Celebration Medalist Videos

2013 Roger Revelle Medalist, Walter Munk

2013 Chancellor's Medalist, Conrad Prebys

2013 Chancellor's Medalists, Molli and Arthur Wagner

Founders’ Symposium

Wondering how research happening at UC San Diego today translates into real-world benefits? Founders’ Symposium offers short, interactive presentations by researchers who are taking creative approaches to addressing some of society’s most pressing challenges.

Founders’ Day

A short program shares the story of UC San Diego’s founding and milestone achievements. A festival in Town Square follows with food, entertainment and interactive affinity booths showcasing campus departments.


This festival—created by students, just for students—features live performances, carnival rides and food.

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