In light of the national and rapid rise in the Omicron variant of COVID, UNIST has proactively determined to host the 2022 Matriculation Ceremony on a smaller scale with a reduced number of attendees.
The ceremony, which took place on Friday, February 28 from 9:30 a.m., honored the newly-admitted freshmen and celebrated their achievements in a manner that is safe and complies with national health protocols.
The ceremony was held in the order of celebratory performance, academic procession, report on academic statistics, the oath of freshmen, awarding of scholarship certificates, welcome remarks by the distinguished guests, and school anthem. This was also followed by welcome remarks by UNIST President Yong Hoon Lee and messages to the incoming freshmen class. For those who were unable to attend the in-person ceremony due to the national guidelines related to COVID-19 for gatherings and events, the ceremony was also live-streamed via the Official YouTube Channel of UNIST.
A total of 448 new students (415 students in Science & Engineering and 33 students in Business Administration) were officially welcomed to UNIST in the presence of their family and professors who celebrated this important milestone remotely. This year’s incoming freshmen came through a competition of 75.7 to 1 in regular admission and a competition of 12.27 to 1 in early admission.
The Oath of Freshmen was delivered by student representatives, JunOh Kim and SuMin Yoo on behalf of the newly-admitted students of UNIST.
The ceremony also featured the awarding of scholarship certificates to the students with outstanding entrance scores. The 2022 UNIST President Fellowship recipients include JunOh Kim, SuMin Yoo, and JaeMin Park. These students will be given financial assistance to study abroad during school years, as well as financial aid to buy textbooks.
In his welcome remark, President Lee said “UNIST strives to foster an effective research environment where students are free to explore and innovate, as much as they want. We, therefore, strongly encourage you to actively participate and take full advantage of opportunities for growth.”
The ceremony ended with the singing of school anthem. When the freshmen sang the song, all their names were displayed on the screen. This was followed by a special lecture, featuring freshmen orientation, introduction to college life, and advice on how to become familiar with the new environment.
Meanwhile, the pre-ceremony also featured celebratory performances by UNIST student clubs. This was followed by congratulatory remarks by professors, department head, directors of the IBS research center, and the representatives of student body.