The UWI Five Islands Campus Welcomes New Students At Matriculation Ceremony This Friday


Following its official opening, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Five Islands Campus will host its inaugural Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony for new students this Friday, September 27, 2019.

The Matriculation Ceremony, a longstanding tradition at which new students are formally recognised and accepted as members of the University, is marked by the signing of the Matriculation Register and taking of the Academic Vow. A total of 147 students are expected to participate in the Five Islands Campus’ first-ever matriculation ceremony. They will represent the Schools of Humanities and Education, Management, Science and Technology, and Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Newly appointed Director of Administration and Finance, Ms Daniella Hickling, will chair the event, which will include messages from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal (Interim), Professor Stafford Griffith, and the Representative of the Guild of Students, Mr Caleb Gardiner. In addition, the Campus’ top matriculant for the 2019-2020 academic year will be introduced, who will symbolically sign the academic register on behalf of the new student body. The Matriculation Ceremony will be streamed live via UWItv Facebook page at from 5:00 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time.

During his remarks at the ceremonial campus opening earlier this month, Vice-Chancellor Beckles said, “We always wanted to do more for the OECS in the area of capacity building for more students at lower cost; to enhance the academic culture and radically upscale the professional training system for development.” He added, “Be assured that the students of Five Islands will receive the best education that we can deliver to them here.”

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston A. Brown, called the opening “a great day” in the country’s history and noted, “The awesome significance of the Five Islands Campus to the OECS citizens and residents, should not be lost on any of us. No country can expect to achieve its full potential, or to compete with the rest of the world, unless it recognizes the value of giving the highest
level of knowledge to its people.”

Addressing the estimated 300 persons who attended the opening, Professor Stafford Griffith, Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal advised that, “Admission of students to programmes will take place in two phases. The first phase is for those starting their programmes in this first semester…However, there will be a second phase of registration for programmes that begin in the next semester, that is, from January 2020.”

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  1. Does anyone knows what is the pass-mark for Five Island UWI Campus? I have received two different percentage 45% and 50% from several persons.

  2. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “From Caribbean Islands, Guyana and Belize was born our University of the West Indies Proud symbol of our oneness Our Strength in Unity With Vision clear you came along To shape our Destiny … ” – Noel Dexter: The UWI Song – There Is A Light!

    This most uplifting event was not about Location, Facilities or a Grand Opening! It was about the Students, the First Group of Antigua And Barbuda Students of all ages and circumstances, thirsting for knowledge sharing a collective joy and hope in the First Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony 2019 eager “To follow after knowledge The truth to seek and find To teach us love and justice To liberate the mind …” – Noel Dexter!

    In this the International Decade For People of African Descent 2015 – 2024, It was most interesting and to a very large degree moving to witness and share with this group of Antigua and Barbuda People of African Descent, students, administrators, faculty, staff, the start of UWI and the very first cohort of students on the Five Islands Campus where the salt ponds flourished! Give Praise and Thanks! “Human beings have discovered that all phenomena are expressed in the fundamental categories of space and time. Furthermore, it is then understood that relationships develop and knowledge increases to the extent we are able to appreciate the issues of space and time.” – Dr. Molefi Asante!

    This was a Joyful Celebration pregnant with hopes and dreams for a brighter future by eager and keen students from the Rock who embraced the UWI Vision to shape their destiny with a rising light as they become “proud bearers of that light” and “follow those whose work has brought glory to your name, Making a better world for you and me” – Noel Dexter!

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