Fisher More College – Matriculation Day – September 21, 2013

Matriculation Day – September 21, 2013


Posted on September 23, 2013

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, the students of Fisher More College officially matriculated!

Mr. Doskey, Professor of Theology and Latin, led the ceremony. His words to the matriculating students:

I welcome all of you today to the Matriculation ceremony, but it is to you the matriculandi, I speak particularly.  Others here may recall the words of my predecessor to those who are now the matriculati, given last year.  To them, I ask patience with my first attempt.

The act in which you engage today is perhaps more symbolic than it once was because it has been stripped of most actual, legal effect.  You already have enrolled in Fisher More College.  You have paid tuition; the school has accepted you; you have taken classes.  U.S. and Texas contract law govern much of this, but because such effects no longer accompany your matriculation, all the more focus and emphasis is laid upon your conscious intention in the making of this act.  Today you matriculate publically with many witnesses.  And, what is this, “to matriculate”?  Well, indeed the word “matriculate” comes from the late Latin diminutive “matricula” which is a list or roll or register and so to matriculate is to enroll, but as I said, you have already done this.  What you are doing today requires a further etymological probing.  Today, you are publically affirming that you knowingly desire this institution, Fisher More College, to be your mother, to be she who will bear you out into the professional, academic, and adult world, for note “matricula” comes from “matrix” which means “mother in respect to propagation.”  This college will become she who propagates herself through you and who bears you.  By matriculating, you choose that you will be formed by Fisher More College and you choose to be her emissaries to the world, for like children you will bear a resemblance to her.  In matriculation, it is as if, something that cannot be done in the natural order, happens: you choose your parent, you choose in this case her with whom you always will be bound, but if she is your mother, than you too have chosen those grandfathers who will intercede for you, sometimes correct you, and always love you.  You will have made Thomas More and John Fisher patrons forever.

Additionally, let us note that today also would be an Ember Day except that by the concurrence of feasts, the Feast of the great evangelist, St. Matthew, takes precedence.  Traditionally, Ember days were a time of ordination.  The ordinandus, at least when he is to be ordained to the diaconate and beyond, freely chooses to respond to God’s choice, freely chooses to forever be bound to God and the Church in a new way.  Of course in matriculation, no one receives a permanent character, but the likeness bears consideration.  The overlapping of dates recalls this permanent bond and willingness to be formed by God and His Church in one case and to be formed by the school in the other.  Like the ordinandus, after the act, you, like he, now ordinatus, are forever such.  If either of you were to die tomorrow, or if you were to reject this school or he his priesthood, you will forever have this school as your alma mater; he will forever be a priest.  I have various almae matres with which I have varying degrees of affection, and yet they always remain my almae matres.

Today, when you rise and go to sign your name in the register of the college, have clear in your mind what you are doing; be aware of your intention.  You affirm that you have and are making a significant choice.  While this moment is indeed serious, let the whole day not be so.  Today too is a celebration.  First in the Mass, we will give thanksgiving to God Who is “sine quo non” all of this and we will rejoice in His goodness, but afterwards there shall be a reception with good food and, let us not forget, desserts.  Be glad that the world has witnessed that Fisher More College has become your mother and that you, forever more, through both travails and joys, will be her child.  Be glad that the world has witnessed that now, more particularly than before, Thomas More and John Fisher have become your, both collectively and individually, heavenly advocates.


Some particular comments by which each student is called up.


I now welcome the matriculati into full participation in the life of the College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More.



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