Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) ushered in a new academic year with a matriculation ceremony held at Lincoln Cathedral, marking the official induction of the university's fresh cohort of students.
Matriculation is a time-honoured tradition in few British universities, signifying the formal enrolment of students into their respective academic programmes. It is a ceremony steeped in tradition and heritage, during which students don academic robes, recite an oath of commitment to their studies, and receive a symbolic matriculation certificate.
The matriculation ceremony featured speeches from various members of the BGU community, extending warm welcomes and encouraging words to the incoming students. These speeches, delivered by faculty members and student representatives, emphasised the significance of the moment and the support that the university offers to its students throughout their academic journey.
The event was not only a celebration of academic beginnings but it also marked Professor Karen Stanton's first matriculation since taking the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University.
In her inaugural matriculation address, Professor Stanton spoke to the students about three 'T's that would characterise their journey with BGU - transition, transformation, and time. She said: "For our incoming students, this marks the start of a new chapter. A transition from the familiar to the unknown; from the comfort of the past to the excitement of the future.
"The transformation that will take place during your time here will not only be academic, but personal and profound.
"How you use your time here will determine the depth of your learning, the breadth of your experiences, and the impact you leave on this university and the world beyond. Your time here is a chance to shape your future and contribute meaningfully to the world.
"So, as you matriculate into Bishop Grosseteste University, embrace this transition, relish the transformation that awaits, and use your time wisely.
"Welcome Class of 2023. May your journey begin with growth, discovery, and fulfilment."