Although a relatively new tradition, the weekend has swiftly become one of the university’s most popular events. Nearly 3,000 Bruin parents and family members will attend three days of activities, ranging from faculty presentations to a family barbecue to campus-wide arts events. Highlights among the festivities will be UCLA’s traditional Homecoming Parade and football game, followed the next day by a Founders Day tribute to UCLA alumnus and Nobel Laureate Ralph J. Bunche,’27.
The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Welcome Luncheon hosted by Robin Carnesale, wife of Chancellor Albert Carnesale. Families will be treated to a performance by the student a capella choir, “Awaken,” and hear remarks by UCLA College Acting Executive Dean Judith Smith, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Janina Montero, and Parents’ Fund Representative Scott Smith.
Parents will then have a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from the deans of various schools and divisions, who will provide overviews of the challenges and opportunities ahead, and impart the essential elements of a successful academic career at UCLA.
Friday night brings guests back together for a Bruin Family Barbecue, hosted by the Chancellor and Mrs. Carnesale, culminating in the colorful Homecoming Parade in Westwood Village. This year’s Las Vegas theme, “Luck Be a Bruin Tonight” is a sure bet for a lively time.
Previewing the Homecoming game against Arizona State will be Athletic Director Dan Guerrero at Saturday’s Bruin Brunch, followed by tours of Pauley Pavilion, lectures by outstanding UCLA faculty, and an “Afternoon at the Movies,” featuring works from the UCLA Film and Television Archive. And of course, football fans will spend the evening at the Rose Bowl cheering the Bruins to victory.
The weekend closes with the annual UCLA Founders Day, celebrating the university’s rich past, exhilarating present and dynamic future. This year’s event will include a tribute to one of UCLA’s most distinguished alumni, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, a pioneer Bruin and valedictorian of the Class of 1927 who went on to become a distinguished scholar, diplomat and the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Ending the event on an upbeat will be a presentation by actor, director, producer and choreographer Debbie Allen.