Students at the Thomas & Mack for UNLV Creates.

UNLV Creates

UNLV Creates is the annual academic convocation and welcome ceremony for all incoming students. This year it will take place during Welcome Day on Friday, August 26, 2022, in the Thomas & Mack Center. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the ceremony event will begin at 9 a.m. This ceremony officially launches the First Year Experience (FYE) for UNLV students.

About UNLV Creates

UNLV Creates is the kickoff to the FYE & UNLV Welcome Weeks occurring the Friday before Fall classes begin. UNLV Creates is the annual academic welcoming ceremony which provides for new students and their families a formal and engaging event that welcomes them to the university, educates them about the transformative opportunities of a college degree, and highlights faculty creativity, inspiration, and discovery.

The event will include an academic convocation in which the university community will welcome the incoming class. During the ceremony, students will also be asked to make a pledge to graduate from UNLV. This tradition signifies the beginning of their college career. This is the only event where students will be given the honorary UNLV Cord to be worn at their graduation ceremony.

Speaker with Creates sign behind him

Upcoming Events

The upcoming UNLV Creates event has not been announced. Please check back soon.

If you cannot attend the event, but want to watch the event, we will live stream the event on YouTube.

Watch the Live Stream

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Creates 2022 Speakers

UNLV is excited to welcome authors Priya Vulchi & Winona Guo to this year’s CREATES event! Priya and Winona will share their experience of creating and writing “Tell Me Who You Are”, this year’s UNLV Common Read experience selection. The UNLV community looks forward to welcoming this incredible opportunity to hear their story in person!

Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi co-founded the organization CHOOSE in 10th grade to provide the tools we lack to talk about race and identity in America. They published a racial literacy textbook for educators called "The Classroom Index," which has been recognized and funded by Princeton University and is currently being used by educators in more than 30 states. Before attending Harvard and Princeton University (respectively), Winona and Priya traveled to all 50 states, collecting hundreds of powerful stories about race, culture, and intersectionality. They are the youngest residents in the TED Residency Program and spent their summer further analyzing their research before heading to college.

Welcome Week Events

The fun doesn’t stop here — enjoy Welcome Weeks and get the most out of your UNLV experience! Join us on campus to make new friends, learn about campus resources, explore clubs and organizations, and even win some UNLV swag.