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College Traditions

Join in some popular student traditions hosted by UC San Diego's six colleges—everyone's invited!


  • Marshall Week, 2nd week of November
    A week of arts and cultural events recognizing college namesake Justice Thurgood Marshall and his contributions to social issues. The week ends with Friday's free student-run festival, MarshallPalooza!, which includes a concert, food, talent show, carnival games and rides.

  • Cultural Celebration

  • Cultural Celebration, 2nd Saturday in April
    For over 30 years, Marshall has celebrated cultural richness and diversity with a free, all-day festival featuring international foods and dance, live music, arts and crafts, and more.


Muir Pumpkin Drop
  • Muir Pumpkin Drop and Halloween Carnival, October 31
    Muir College's oldest tradition is a smash hit! Students drop a 300- to 400-pound pumpkin (named and stuffed with candy) from the top of 11-story Tioga residence hall. A Halloween carnival is coordinated around the event.

  • Muirstock, spring quarter
    Muirstock is one of Muir's proudest traditions. Students enjoy a concert-type atmosphere right at home in the center of Muir Quad. The event includes music, free food, tie-dyed t-shirts, and more.

  • Muir Musical

  • The Muir Musical Ensemble, April
    Entertaining all of UCSD since 1991, the Muir Musical Ensemble is the only completely student-produced and directed musical theater event on campus. Featuring dedicated undergraduate students representing all six colleges, the group coordinates and produces one major musical each spring. Past musicals have included "Cabaret," "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

  • John Muir Week, week surrounding April 21
    Muir College celebrates the birthday of its namesake with several days' worth of special events. In 2008, John Muir Week will be more celebratory than ever, because this year marks the 40th anniversary of John Muir College. Events include concerts, films, lectures, games, and more.


Roger Revelle
  • The Anchor: Located adjacent to the Fleet Residence Halls, the Anchor awaits its daily painting. One can pass by the Anchor every day and find a newly defined expression of life at Revelle depicted in colors, text, and event-related context. It’s a must-do tradition!

Winter Quarter

  • Spirit Night: The six Colleges come together in competition to support Triton Athletics. Students decorate residences, hold College pep rallies and cheering contests, and end the evening with the presentation of the Spirit Night Trophy and Cup of Cheer — a tradition since 1986.

  • Roger Revelle's Birthday: On the final Friday of the winter quarter, enjoy music, a barbeque lunch, and birthday cake on the Plaza in honor of our namesake, Roger Revelle.

  • Revelle College Semiformal: Dress to impress at Revelle’s annual, off-campus, dance held each winter quarter. Think less formal than formal attire, but more formal than casual!

Spring Quarter

Revelle Watermelon Drop
  • Watermelon Drop: Join Revelle Students, staff, and faculty for the annual Watermelon Drop. Held on the last Friday of the spring quarter, the Watermelon Drop is UC San Diego’s longest-enduring tradition. Following the Watermelon Drop, enjoy free watermelon and cake in Revelle Plaza.

  • Revellution: A large-scale concert event, sponsored and planned by the Revelle College Council.


Global Marketplace
  • The Global Marketplace, monthly
    Since 1993, ERC has celebrated a different region of the world each month (October – Latin America; November – North America; January – Middle East; February – Africa; March – Oceana; April – Europe; May – Asia) with an exciting evening featuring cultural entertainment, crafts, education, and a culturally inspired meal catered by Cafe Ventanas.

  • SLAM

  • SLAM, monthly
    "Spontaneous Laughter, Art, and Music" is International House's monthly community open-mic event that began in 2000 and has become a showcase for budding singers, instrumentalists, stand-up comedians, and spoken-word artists from all six colleges.

  • Intercultural Communication Workshop, winter quarter
    ERC began this 5-session weekly workshop in 1993 as a feature of its programming theme, "A Celebration of Cultures at Home and Abroad." Since then, the workshops have continued to provide all UCSD students with the tools and skills needed to communicate across cultures.

  • Rock'n'Roosevelt, early spring quarter
    A concert on the green in front of Cafe Ventanas, sponsored by the Student Council at ERC.


  • Sixth Digital Film Festival, winter quarter
    Coordinated by the Sixth College Video Production Club, this annual contest screens short films by UCSD students, and gives awards in several categories, including "best in fest."

  • Chocolate Festival

  • C.H.A.O.S., late winter quarter
    Better known as "Cultures Having An Outrageous Scene," C.H.A.O.S. features various activities and performances from around the world.

  • Spirit of the Masters, early spring quarter
    This live art show of selected pieces from various artists is an annual Sixth College Student Council program presented by the Arts Committee and inspired by the Pageant of the Masters.

  • Chocolate Festival, spring quarter
    Join in an especially delicious end-of-spring festival celebrating the culture and history of chocolate.

  • Sixth Kuncocshun

  • Kuncocshun, late spring quarter
    Sixth College celebrates culture, art, and technology with events supporting student creativity and expression. This event is presented by the Sixth College Student Council.


Warren Birthday
  • High Table Dinners
    Each quarter the Provost hosts a High Table Dinner designed to enrich faculty-student relationships. This evening of fine food and conversation for a small number of students and faculty is loosely based on the Oxford and Cambridge tradition, where college faculty and students dine together in a formal and intimate setting. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at waprovost@ucsd.edu with your name, major, PID, and e-mail.

  • Warren Spring Formal

  • Warren Live!
    This annual Warren College event brings up-and-coming artists to the UCSD stage for the entire campus community to enjoy, and is free to all students. Warren Live! is coordinated every year by the Warren College Student Council Concerts and Festivals Commission.

  • Family Weekend
    Family Weekend is an opportunity for Warren College parents and family members from around the country to come to our beautiful campus and join in a variety of activities that showcase some of the wonderful things about Warren College and UC San Diego. For more information on Family Weekend, visit the UC San Diego Family Weekend website.

  • Orientation Bear Photo
    Every year during Fall Orientation new students are photographed with Bear, a piece of the Stuart Art Collection located within Warren College. This photo serves as an official class photo.


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Questions? Or do you have another fun, continuing college tradition to suggest for this page? Contact your college's dean of student affairs or the Vice Chancellor — Student Affairs Office, (858) 822-5695.