In ceremonies across the four Campuses of The UWI, new undergraduate students were welcomed to the University. The highlight of this formal and final act of welcome is the signing of the Matriculation Register. This Register features the signature of all registered students at the start of their academic journey.
In the early days of the University College of the West Indies, students signed the Matriculation Register in accordance to their Halls of Residence. This practice was later changed. Students now sign the Register according to the Faculty they have entered. At the Matriculation Ceremony,being the first academic event for the academic year, students would sign for their scarlet robes and the Register. The robes were official wear for students and were to be worn to classes, dinners, and when calling upon university officials.
The short and dignified ceremony includes welcome remarks by the President of the Guild of Students, the President of the Alumni Association, The Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Campus and the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. The new students will repeat the Academic Vow and a Representative Matriculant, robed in the scarlet gown of a UWI undergraduate, signs the Register in the presence of the Campus Registrar. This representative undergraduate is selected for the excellence he or she exhibited in meeting and surpassing the matriculation requirements of the university.
The Matriculation Register is one of the prized archival records of the University. Bound in beautiful leather, with golden inscriptions, the Matriculation Registers feature the names of all the undergraduates that have studied at the University. Students are encouraged to sign the Register as it is official evidence of one’s admittance into the academic community of The University of the West Indies.