Thanks for Joining Us on Sept. 18

Mountain LionNearly 1,000 students participated in this year’s Virtual Welcome Day event, attending online activities and meeting with faculty and staff from more than 40 departments and programs. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this event.

Meet the Prize Winners!

Students who participated in at least one Canvas activity were enrolled in a drawing for prizes purchased with donated funds. Congratulations to Rebekah Carey and Gabriel Gatewood-Wolfe, who each won a Microsoft Surface Go 2 tablet! Fifteen others won De Anza Mountain Lion stuffed animals and T-shirts. See more prize winners below. 


Rebekah Carey

Rebekah Carey plans to study Film and Television Screenwriting at De Anza, before transferring to a four-year university in Southern California, where she hopes to pursue a career.

“I’ve always loved television,” said Rebekah, adding that she enjoys writing her own scripts and “dissecting all the TV shows that I watch.”

Rebekah, 17, lives in San José and graduated from California Virtual Academy before coming to De Anza. 

After taking in some of the online activities on Welcome Day, she enjoyed watching the Opening Day video on De Anza's YouTube channel.


Gabriel Gatewood-Wolfe

Gabriel Gatewood-Wolfe isn’t wasting any time in pursuing his college education: He graduated from San José’s Del Mar High School two years early, at age 16, and says he was drawn to De Anza in part because the quarter system will let him take more classes in a year.

That should help with his long-term goals of transferring to a four-year university and studying linguistics or anthropology.

Gabriel enjoyed visiting the Anthropology activity during this year’s Virtual Welcome Day. “It was really personal,” he said. “You could just talk to instructors and get information about the program, so I thought it was really cool.”


More Prize Winners 


Plush Mascot Winners

  • Anisha Anthuvan
  • Anya Bergstrom
  • Alexa Gomez
  • Jinxing Lu
  • Angely Robles 

T-Shirt Winners

  • Stefan Andres
  • Ryan Hasegawa
  • Sahel Hazeghsa
  • Motassumafnan Henry
  • Maria Kozhevnikova
  • Gabriella Lackenbacher
  • Paris Richardson
  • Theo Alexandre Soillet
  • Dimpy Jaikumar Tinani
  • Vy Tran 


Welcome Day Survey Results

We asked students, instructors and classified professionals who participated in Welcome Day to give us their feedback.

  • Most students said they found useful information about programs they were interested in (69% said yes and 27% said “somewhat”)
  • Nearly 80% of students said they were able to speak with at least one person in the areas they visited
  • Most students said they found it easy to work with Canvas (64%) and Zoom (77%)

Suggestions for future events included

  • Make the event longer so students can attend more activities
  • Make Canvas links available earlier and after the event
  • Work on assigning students to breakout rooms more efficiently


Participating Programs

If you missed any of the Welcome Day activities, you can still contact the department or program for information or assistance. Click on the yellow "More Information" buttons for links to each program's website.


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