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## 2010/10/16

### 入學典禮 (Matriculation)

I had been rather confused until just a moment ago: Have I matriculated? Today is perfectly sunny but also the coldest day since I arrived at Oxford. Fortunately I felt warm enough in subfusc and gown. We first assembled in the College, signed our names and got a 3 of 9 bar code (which is the only format of bar codes I can recognise - I'm not saying I can actually read the codes XD), took personal photos and group photos (after the group photos were taken the bar codes were collected in order so each person in the photos can be identified), and then went next door into the North School in the Examination Schools for Matriculation. Students from several (but not all) colleges fill in the room, the Vice-Chancellor walked in, exchanged a few Latin sentences with a representative (I could not see them, though, since I was standing at the back), and delivered an English speech welcoming all of us to the University and explaining the meaning of Matriculation. Then the ceremony was over, which I did not realise at the time. I followed other students who must be in St Catherine's to their college, thinking that I was heading for the next destination. I was forced to deduce I got lost after we reached St Catherine's and the students ahead stopped and formed groups chatting and taking photos. "This is bad," I told myself, because I did not pay attention to the route we took. Hoping to get back to Univ, I walked and turned with my vague memory, and miraculously I ended up on Broad Street, which I am familiar with. I had launched Google Maps on my phone but it was not necessary. People in Univ were also in groups and the atmosphere was relaxed, not showing the sign that there was a next event, so I was again forced to deduce that I have matriculated. And it did seem so after I made a check on the Internet back in my room. Rather stupid, I think I was today XD.

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