The program began with a moment of silence for football player Nick Pasquale, during which all of the student-athletes held up blue #36 towels in Pasquale's honor. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero then welcomed the student-athletes and recognized UCLA's national and conference championship teams from 2012-13. UCLA's NCAA championship in 2012-13 came from baseball, and men's soccer, men's basketball and men's tennis won Pac-12 Championships.
The most-anticipated portion of the event was the annual announcement of the Donald R. Shepherd team academic awards. Women's golf got the clean sweep by capturing the Highest Team GPA award, the Highest Women's Team GPA award and the Most Improved Team GPA award. Men's soccer also earned multiple honors, taking the Highest Men's Team GPA and coming in second in the Highest Team GPA and Most Improved Team GPA categories.