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Matriculate

Posted by kazvorpal on December 18, 2012


Matriculate

Matriculate is easy to remember, the same origin as Alma Mater.

Matriculate is easy to remember, the same origin as Alma Mater.

To register for higher education, or as an ornate way of referring to one’s time therein

Examples:

He matriculated at Rostock, where he found little astronomy but a good deal of astrology.
— Walter William Bryant, Kepler (1920)

The peak of my school experience of Shakespeare came in my senior matriculation year; the set play was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and it was taught by a solemn donkey who understood nothing but the political organization of fairyland.
Robertson Davies, Shakespeare over the Port (1960)

Congratulations lad, you’re a fully matriculated student at State University.
— Colonel Gathers, The Venture Brothers

Etymology:

Latin, ultimately from the same source as “mater” (mother), like “alma mater”, your bountiful mother school.

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