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Campion’s first graduate priest celebrates Matriculation Mass

5 Mar, 2021

Campion began the academic year this week with our annual Matriculation Mass, celebrated by the college’s first graduate priest, Fr Reginald Chua.

Fr Chua, who was ordained as a Dominican in December last year, returned to his alma mater for the first time since his ordination.

Fr Chua was joined by Campion chaplain Fr Peter Kruk and theology lecturer Fr Luke Holohan, Fr Chua’s former lecturer, to say the Matriculation Mass.

Following Mass, which was held outdoors for the first time, Dr Paul Morrissey thanked Fr Chua and welcomed the 33 new students, who signed their names into Campion’s Matriculation Book.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Matriculation ceremony is held to officially welcome new students as members of a university.

Based on a Medieval model of study, Campion holds a Matriculation ceremony every year, in which students are given academic gowns, to be worn at formal events throughout the academic year.

After the official ceremonies were over, a barbecue lunch was held for everyone on campus before students went to class for the first afternoon lectures of the semester.

See a gallery of images of Matriculation below.

Campion is currently accepting applications for second semester this year, beginning in August. Visit this page to find out more about the application process.