One of UC Merced's earliest traditions dates back to 2005 when the campus welcomed its first set of Bobcats. Dressed in white UC Merced polo shirts that read "Launching the Future", each of the students crossed Scholars Bridge signifying the beginning of their academic journey. In only its 15th academic year, the Scholars Bridge Crossing is just one of the many UC Merced traditions passed along from class to class by students and alumni alike. Traditions such as these help educate students and instill that the Journey as a Bobcat goes well beyond your years on campus. Let the Journey Continue!