Officially In: Signing the Matriculation Register

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.

The Mona Assembly Hall filled to capacity with new matriculants.

The Mona Assembly Hall filled to capacity with new matriculants.

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. 

Vice Chancellor Professor E Nigel Harris addressing matriculants...

Vice Chancellor Professor E Nigel Harris addressing matriculants…

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.  

Campus Registrar Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson introduces the Representative Matriculant.

Campus Registrar Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson introduces the Representative Matriculant.

 

Representative matriculant, robed in the scarlet gown formerly the official wear for classes and academic events, signs the Mona Campus Matriculation Register, 2014.

Representative matriculant, robed in the scarlet gown formerly the official wear for classes and academic events, signs the Mona Campus Matriculation Register, 2014.

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.

Matriculation Registers through the years...

Matriculation Registers through the years…

 

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