The Incorporation Rite is an annual tradition held on or close to the University Foundation Day, August 15. This is a short ceremony in which you, as freshmen, are formally welcomed to the University. At this celebration, you receive an academic sash or a beca, as it is called in Spain. It bears the color white (representing the College of Arts and Sciences) and the College seal. The celebration marks your formal “incorporation” or admission as freshmen into the University, signifying your membership in the UA&P community. You are asked to wear your beca during very special occasions and institutional events.