On Thursday, the UWI St. Augustine held the Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) marking the entry of new students into UWI’s academic fold.
The incoming student body included nationals from countries as far as Bangladesh, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Newly appointed Acting Registrar Mr David Moses chaired the event which included UWI academic staff, new students and supporters.
New students stand to acknowledge members of the academic community.
Students were welcomed as the newest members of The UWI’s academic community with inspirational words from Mr Jerry Medford, President, UWI Alumni Association, T&T Chapter.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland challenged students to become innovators through entrepreneurship; build new products and processes; enter large corporations and transform industries from the inside; and become social entrepreneurs who leverage the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Members of the audience including UWI academic staff and new students follow along the Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony 2018 proceedings.
As is tradition, the new students were invited to sing the University Song, performed live this year by The UWI Arts Chorale of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) led by Senior Lecturer, Jessel Murray.
Students pledged their commitment to academic excellence and integrity by reading an Academic Vow led by President of the Guild of Students, Darrion Narine.
Senior Lecturer, Mr Jessel Murray leads The UWI Arts Chorale in the live rendition of The University Song.
The symbolic signing of the register on behalf of the first year student body was done by Mr Joshua Ramjattan, first year BSc in Mathematics student of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST).
At the CSEC level, Joshua obtained all nine (9) Grade Ones in the subjects he pursued.
In 2016, he was ranked in the Caribbean Regional Top 10 CSEC Merit List in five subjects including ninth in Chemistry, seventh in Geography, fifth in Additional Mathematics, fourth in Biology and first in the Caribbean in Physics.
Campus Registrar, David Moses and Nigel Bradshaw, Student Recruitment Officer look on as the top Matriculant, Joshua Ramjattan symbolically signs the register on behalf of all first-year students.
At the CAPE level, he pursued Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies where obtained all ten (10) Grade Ones.
In 2017, he was again ranked in the Caribbean Regional Top 10 CAPE Merit List in three Unit One subjects, placing fifth in Chemistry Unit 1, fourth in Physics Unit 1 and first in the Caribbean in Applied Mathematics Unit 1. Joshua emphasized that he wants to use his BSc in Mathematics in the field of education.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland encourage students to live long and prosper.