Letter from the Alumni President

Forever Young

Good news, Tritons: We’re getting younger.

No, it’s not a youth serum discovery from a bio lab. It’s the fact that out of the nearly 200,000 UC San Diego alumni worldwide, 38 percent of those Tritons will have graduated within the last decade. How is this possible? It comes from our university’s exponential growth—from the first class of just 77 graduates five decades ago, to the 7,499 new alumni added in June. That’s a staggering increase, and as our ranks grow every year, so does our capacity to make a continual and lasting impact.

Maybe you can tell I’m a numbers guy. As I enter into the role of president of UC San Diego Alumni, I can see that as our population will continue to increase, our engagement and participation needs to keep pace—we need to connect with each other and engage with our campus so that in addition to getting younger, our network gets stronger as well.

The good news is that there are many ways to make that happen. It starts with the 21 UC San Diego Alumni regional clubs located around the world—vibrant communities of Tritons who come together to socialize, network, learn and give back to their local communities through service. Just take a look at the options, and you’ll find plenty that appeal to your intellect, your creativity and naturally, the pride we share as alumni!

So whether you’ve graduated in the past decade or you’ve been a Triton for two, three, or four or more decades now, I encourage you to come together with your local club, build our alumni connection and foster the spirit of UC San Diego wherever your life after graduation has taken you.

And of course, if you can’t get enough of campus or haven’t been back in a while, make sure you return to where it all began with UC San Diego’s Homecoming, this October 19-21.

I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

With Triton Pride,

Jeff Belk ’83
President, UC San Diego Alumni