TMC Traditions

College traditions are special events that connect students to significant milestones.  We hope Marshall’s one-of-a-kind line-up will become part of your student experience!

Fall Quarter

  • Welcome Week (September)
    Welcome Week is a great chance for incoming students to make new friends and get connected with UCSD and Marshall College before classes start, and for all students—new and continuing—to get out and have some fun in the sun!  Check out this year’s Welcome Week Calendar.
  • California Indigenous People’s Day (4th Friday in September)
    Celebrate the heritage and culture of California's Native Peoples with the Kick-Off event at the UC San Diego International Center.  More information to come.
  • Family Weekend (October)
    Family Weekend is the perfect opportunity to visit with family and show off your campus and college life. This weekend is specially organized with fun activities and events.  Check out more information on the Family Weekend website.
  • Thurgood Marshall Week (November)
    Thurgood Marshall Week is a weeklong celebration of our college namesake, Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993). The Week presents diverse venues of expression and interaction to raise consciousness of social issues and TMC's contributions.
  • Marshallpalooza (November)
    Marshallpalooza, a free student-run carnival, is one of the best highlights of Fall Quarter, and one of the biggest events of the year!

Winter Quarter

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Day of Service (January)
    Join us in the fight for freedom through education. March with all of UC San Diego in this parade celebrating and continuing the works of Dr. King, and then join us for a Day of Service to make a positive, lasting impact on our community. More information available on the MLK Day website.
  • Spirit Night (February)
    Throughout the month of January, UCSD hosts a series of events to build Triton pride, culminating in Spirit Night at the women’s and men’s basketball game in early February. Check back here for this year’s schedule of events.
  • Black History Month (February)
    February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that provides the opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African Americans have played in the shaping of U.S. history. UC San Diego will honor the history and accomplishments of African Americans in celebration of Black History Month. More information available on the Black History Month website.

Spring Quarter

  • Cultural Celebration (April)
    Celebrate cultural diversity through food, dance, music, and art from around the world! Taste delicious cuisines and tour artisan crafts from local merchants and vendors. Enjoy live entertainment featuring a diverse range of performers, and have fun playing games from all around the world. Come experience one of the largest and longest-standing traditions at UCSD!
  • Chicano Park Day (April)
    Each year UC San Diego’s six colleges fill a bus and head down to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan for the annual Chicano Park Day Celebration. Check out the official Chicano Park website.
  • Semi-Formal
    Dress up and enjoy a night on the town at the annual Semi-Formal! For more information or to purchase tickets, come to the TMC Student Affairs Office.
  • The Amazing Race to SunGod (May)
    Speed around campus with a team of other racers, facing mental and physical challenges to complete the puzzle, solve the riddle, and win the Race.
  • TMC Senior Appreciation Week (May)
    The TMC Grad Committee (comprised of students of the graduating class) fills this week with on- and off-campus events to make sure Marshall Seniors finish their UC San Diego careers with as much fun as they can. Past events have included: beach bonfires, midnight bowling, cap decorating, resume and interview skills workshops and XBox Rock Band competitions.

Year-Long

  • Culture Nights
    Each quarter, CAUSE hosts a night of food and facts to educate participants about a different culture represented by Thurgood Marshall College students.
  • Marshall College Night
    A night reserved exclusively for Marshall College students, faculty, and staff to gather over a special dinner with featured entertainment.
  • Marshall Spirit Crew Tailgaters
    MSC gets everybody pumped for UCSD sports. Face painting, sign making, and food eating: all you need to better cheer on Triton athletes!