Today was a really big day, my first ever Matriculation Ceremony, where I would officially join the register of students here at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice Slovakia. This is something I have been looking forward to since I arrived here, as its a completely formal occasion and I have to admit to loving having a reason to dress up. I don’t know if any of us realised just how formal the ceremony would actually be until it had started with trumpets for the Rectors and Rectors entry into the hall.
Once the ceremony was declared open we had the matriculation oath read by a member of our year before then promising to the oath individually and recieving a certificate from the vice-rector.
The rector of the university then gave a speech which I did really enjoy, a big part of the university ethos is social interaction. They make it compulsory for every student to do some kind of sport, whether it is basketball, football or horse riding. I’ve personally signed up for horseriding next semester, however I’ve also been going along to play basketball Monday evenings. It was definately very motivational.
The matriculation ceremony is basically the addition of a name to a register, and today each new student signed the register of students at the university. In addition to this we also recieved our official student contracts required by Slovak law and our Study Index’s which are our student records for the next 4 years.