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Students at the Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco's Summer Welcome Party gather for a group picture. Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco
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Golden Bears Get a Warm Summer Welcome

From the Great Lakes to the nation’s capital, Cal alumni gave incoming students a warm welcome.

September 27, 2023
by Josephine Thornton

As the summer of 2023 comes to an end, so do this season’s Summer Welcome Parties. This year, UC Berkeley alumni near and far hosted Summer Welcome Parties for incoming Cal students to connect, share stories, and say a big “Go Bears!” Alumni Chapters hosted welcome picnics, played card games, and shared networking information for both students and parents. The Cal Alumni Club of Chicago sang “Sons of California” at their event. The Cal Alumni Club of Fresno grouped incoming students by their dorm assignments and shared Japanese food. In Texas, the Cal Alumni Club of Houston had alumni spanning class years of 1969 to 2023 sharing their valuable Cal insights with incoming Golden Bears. The Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach played Cal bingo with students and alumni. The Cal Alumni Club of New York welcomed students in classic New York fashion—pizza in Central Park!

Let’s take a look: 

People pose next to a banner at the Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association Summer Picnic.
Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association Summer Picnic / Courtesy of Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association
People at the Cal Alumni Chapter of Southern Nevada Summer Welcome Party pose with Cal banners and signs.
Cal Alumni Chapter of Southern Nevada Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Chapter of Southern Nevada
Students at the Cal Alumni Club of Austin Summer Welcome Party pose outdoors.
Cal Alumni Club of Austin Summer Welcome Party / Tico Mendoza Studios
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Club of Chicago Summer Welcome Party pose at the beach with Cal banners.
Cal Alumni Club of Chicago Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of Chicago
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Club of Fresno Summer Welcome Party.
Cal Alumni Club of Fresno Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of Fresno
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Club of Houston Summer Welcome Party pose with a Cal flag.
Cal Alumni Club of Houston Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of Houston
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach Summer Welcome Party gather at the park.
Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach
Attendees pose at the Cal Alumni Club of Monterey County Summer Welcome Party.
Cal Alumni Club of Monterey County Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of Monterey County
Students pose at the Cal Alumni Club of New England Summer Welcome Party.
Cal Alumni Club of New England Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of New England
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Club of New York Summer Welcome Picnic pose with Cal signs.
Cal Alumni Club of New York Summer Welcome Picnic / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Club of New York
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Club of Washington D.C. Annual Picnic pose with a banner that says "California."
Cal Alumni Club of Washington D.C. Annual Picnic / Paul Westpheling
Attendees at the Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco Summer Welcome Party pose for a group picture.
Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco
Attendees at the Cal Alumni of Los Angeles’ Summer Welcome Party pose with Cal flags.
Cal Alumni of Los Angeles’ 15th Annual Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Alumni of Los Angeles
People gather at a restaurant for the Cal Bears in the Desert Summer Send-off for Imperial Valley students.
Cal Bears in the Desert Summer Send-off for Imperial Valley students / Courtesy of Cal Bears in the Desert
Students gather for the Cal Bears in the Desert Summer Send-off in Coachella Valley and Palm Desert.
Cal Bears in the Desert Summer Send-off for Coachella Valley & Palm Desert students / Courtesy of Cal Bears in the Desert
Attendees pose at the Cal Club of San Joaquin Summer Welcome Party.
Cal Club of San Joaquin Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Cal Club of San Joaquin
Attendees at the Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association Somos Berkeley Welcome Party in Los Angeles pose with Cal flags.
Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association Somos Berkeley Welcome Party in Los Angeles / Courtesy of Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association, Los Angeles
Attendees of the Native and Indigenous Alumni Chapter Summer Welcome Party pose with their flag.
Native and Indigenous Alumni Chapter Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Native and Indigenous Alumni Chapter
Attendees of the Orange County Cal Alumni Club Summer Welcome Party gather at a park.
Orange County Cal Alumni Club Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Orange County Cal Alumni Club
People at the Pilipinx American Alumni Chapter Summer Welcome Party pose with a Cal flag.
Pilipinx American Alumni Chapter Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of Pilipinx American Alumni Chapter
Students at the Rocky Mountain Golden Bears New Student Welcome Party pose with Cal banners.
Rocky Mountain Golden Bears New Student Welcome Party / Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Golden Bears
Attendees gather at a coffee shop for the Sac Cal Alumni Summer Welcome Meet-and-Greet.
Sac Cal Alumni Summer Welcome Meet-and-Greet / Courtesy of Sac Cal Alumni
Attendees of the San Diego Cal Alumni Summer Welcome Party pose for a group picture.
San Diego Cal Alumni Summer Welcome Party / Courtesy of San Diego Cal Alumni
Attendees of the San Gabriel Valley Cal Alumni Club Summer Welcome Picnic pose with Cal signs.
San Gabriel Valley Cal Alumni Club Summer Welcome Picnic / Courtesy of San Gabriel Valley Cal Alumni Club

Alumni Chapters host various events throughout the year. Find your own local or affinity chapter today to get involved with Summer Welcome Parties and more!


Special Thanks

The Cal Alumni Association thanks the following incredible Alumni Chapters and the Cal alumni community for hosting these Summer Welcome Parties and creating a welcoming and spirited experience for new students and their families. 

Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association | Berkeley Korean-American Alumni Association | Black Engineering Science Alumni Club | Cal Alumni Chapter of Southern Nevada | Cal Alumni Club of Austin | Cal Alumni Club of Chicago | Cal Alumni Club Alumni Club of Fresno | Cal Alumni Club of Houston | Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach | Cal Alumni Club of Monterey County | Cal Alumni Club of New England | Cal Alumni Club of New York | Cal Alumni Club of Philadelphia | Cal Alumni Club of Washington D.C. | Cal Alumni Group of San Francisco | Cal Alumni of Los Angeles | Cal Bears in the Desert | Cal Club of San Joaquin | Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association, East Bay | Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association, Los Angeles | MarinBears | Native and Indigenous Alumni | Orange County Cal Alumni Club | Pilipinx American Alumni Chapter | Portland Cal Alumni Club | Rocky Mountain Golden Bears | Sac Cal Alumni | San Diego Cal Alumni | San Gabriel Valley Cal Alumni Club


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