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Matriculation

What is matriculation?

Matriculation is the ceremony at which a person formally enters an institution such as a college, university, or another educational system. Matriculation can also refer to entering into any organization and even becoming ordained in some religions.

The word comes from Latin meaning “entrance.” The entrance ceremonies are often called commencements in American English and graduations in British English.

Matriculation into an organization can be seen as analogous to initiation rites – such as fraternity/sorority initiation at universities, which are primarily for undergraduate students who have completed their secondary education.

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