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UC Davis Traditions: President’s Reception

President's Reception, at the opening social event of the year, the President's Reception for students, are (from right) Chancellor Emil Mrak and Vera Mrak, President Clark Kerr and Catherine Kerr, and Acting Vice Chancellor Vernon I. Cheadle, October 2, 1961

President's Reception, at the opening social event of the year, the President's Reception for students, are (from right) Chancellor Emil Mrak and Vera Mrak, President Clark Kerr and Catherine Kerr, and Acting Vice Chancellor Vernon I. Cheadle, October 2, 1961

Each fall during the 1950s and 1960s, the University of California President would visit Davis to welcome new students to the University and those returning to the campus. The 1956 El Rodeo Yearbook described the event which was sponsored by the Cal Club as “one of the first and biggest social events in the fall.” The receptions were held in the Memorial Union, Freeborn Hall, Everson Hall or the Faculty Club and often included a dance.

Below is an image from the University Archives Photographs of the President’s Reception in 1961.

President’s Reception, at the opening social event of the year. The President’s Reception for students, are (from right) Chancellor Emil Mrak and Vera Mrak, President Clark Kerr and Catherine Kerr, and Acting Vice Chancellor Vernon I. Cheadle, October 2, 1961