What: Oct. 4, 2015, will mark 50 years since UC Irvine’s first day of classes. In the months and years leading up to the milestone, UCI is planning a series of celebratory activities. Beginning September 2011 – 50 months prior to October 2015 – UCI is designating monthly a regularly scheduled activity as a “50 to 50” event. These highlighted events exemplify the UCI experience, and, when the event details are compiled at the conclusion of the anniversary celebration, will provide a comprehensive overview of what makes UCI one of the world’s great public research universities. A special signature fete being planned for Oct. 3, 2015, will shine the brightest light possible on UCI, while offering a warm welcome to the Orange County community.
When: The official anniversary celebration will commence with UCI’s 2014 Commencement festivities in June, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the campus site dedication. President Lyndon B. Johnson provided the keynote address at the 1964 dedication, an event attended by numerous state and UC dignitaries, as well as thousands of community well-wishers. An invitation to provide the keynote at the June 14, 2014, celebration – to take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim – has been accepted by President Barack Obama, the White House has confirmed. The 50th anniversary celebration then truly kicks into gear with the start of the 2014-15 academic year. Academic symposia, the UCI Medal Awards ceremony, Homecoming, Celebrate UCI, Lauds & Laurels and the annual staff appreciation picnic are among the many events that will mark the occasion. The two-year celebration concludes with the June 2016 Commencement.
Who: The celebration aims to touch as wide an audience as possible, with primary focus on the UCI family – alumni, students (and their parents), faculty, staff and community supporters – and the Orange County community (including prospective students and donors). Therefore the planning committee and attendant subcommittees comprise representatives for each of the constituencies. The planners also welcome your comments and suggestions for how best to mark this milestone.