400 first-year undergraduate students from three departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities attended the inaugural matriculation ceremonies for University of Westminster students.
The ceremonies marked the formal admission of the students to the University and to their undergraduate studies. The event was an opportunity for students from the Departments of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Politics and International Relations and the Westminster Law School to be welcomed by senior staff in the Faculty.
Professor Roland Dannreuther, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, gave a brief history of matriculation which originates from medieval times, its purpose being to initiate students into university life. Professor Dannreuther said of the event:
"I am delighted to have launched the first ever matriculation event for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and to have formally recognised and welcomed the 2014 cohort of undergraduate students, who are studying a variety of courses. This ceremony represents an important transition in the life of the students concerned as they are formally integrated into the academic community of the University of Westminster."
A wine and cheese reception concluded what had been a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable occasion for everyone.