This event is usually the first event that brings freshmen/women, the staff of CATUC and the Management of the University together before the start of every academic year. As usual, the event was carried out in two phases – the first phase is a pontifical Holy Mass and the second phase the Matriculation proper.
The pontifical Holy Mass was celebrated by His Lordship Bishop George Nkuo, Bishop of Kumbo, Vice President of BAPEC (Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference) and Pro – Chancellor of CATUC and Chairman of the University Council, in the Metropolitan Cathedral Bamenda.
His Homily was centered on God’s guidance. He reiterated that "whatever we achieve, it is thanks to God’s guidance" and thus we must remember that all praise and glory belong to Him.
Mgr George Nkuo then went on to congratulate the Vice Chancellor of the University and His Management team following the renewal of their mandate to run the University for another term of three years, remarking that they have proven that the right persons were initially picked for the task. He also welcomed the new members of the management team in the persons of Fr. Jum Joseph Awoh (Ph. D) Registrar of CATUC and Fr. Patrick Lafon (Ph. D) who doubles as Director of Academic Affairs In charge of Teaching and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Fr. Joseph Awoh taking oath of office After Matriculation, Teaching staff pose with Dr Edmund Agbor and Mgr George Nkuo
In the course of the Eucharistic celebration the new Registrar of CATUC, Fr. Jum Joseph Awoh (Ph. D) took the oath of office at the altar before the congregation and the Bishop. After the Holy Mass, the freshmen/women processed to the CATUC ceremonial grounds for the second part of the ceremony. The academic procession followed shortly after.
The Vice Chancellor of the University Fr. Michael Niba welcomed the matriculating students and congratulated them for their wise choice of CATUC, reminding them of the challenges of living and studying in CATUC. At the end of the course, he assured them that they would have acquired their degrees and certificates from a competitive prestigious institution, CATUC. He reassured them that CATUC will work to help them fulfill their expectations and will provide them with the quality of education they are looking for.
Matriculation as explained by the DVCA, Prof. Paul Nkwi, is an Anglosaxon University tradition which CATUC practices and holds in high esteem since her inception. A key event on this day in CATUC is the taking of the academic oath by which freshmen/women promise on oath to respect and uphold the Statutes of CATUC. This was followed by the academic discourse which was given at this occasion by Dr. Agbor Edmund.
Undergraduate Freshmen/women taking oath Graduate Freshmen/women taking oath
This exercise ended with a luncheon provided by CATUC to the freshmen/women, their parents and those who were invited to the occasion.
Luncheon ordered from a special catering service