Matriculate: Formally enroll in a university or college…

The University Museum has been making excellent use of the Archives. Here is another great blog on the Tradition of Matriculation. Do enjoy!!

UWI Museum

Just one student at each UWI campus will sign the matriculation register at the start of this academic year – at Mona campus in Jamaica, dressed in the traditional and now outdated red student gown introduced shortly after the university started in 1948; at the other three campuses, dressed mainly in white. The numbers have long made it impractical for all the students to sign, as the first 33 students did in 1948. Now, usually the new student with the highest entry qualification on each campus will sign for his or her peers.

Matriculation is a ceremony still held by universities in various parts of the world, especially the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. New undergraduates sign the register – in Latin, matricula – and become formally part of the university community.

When the UWI was still the University College of the West Indies (1948-1962) and a College of the…

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