The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes the letter as saying, “Your matriculation would be a wonderful triumph over adversity.”
The birth of an infant into this world is its matriculation into a university, where it graduates in successive degrees.
I never was so honest for so long together since my matriculation.
But, having already taken her matriculation examination, she was entered for a university course.
And she forced on the timorous Prue a quarter as her matriculation fee.
In the last Cuban budget the revenue from matriculation fees alone reached $90,000.
Fees for an entire course, with matriculation and library, $110.
At the opening of lectures the first of October, four female students presented themselves, and were admitted to matriculation.
I then wrote home for the matriculation fee ($13), as I had labored there all summer.
It reminded me of my first look of him when he had come up for his matriculation to the 'Varsity.
1570s, "to admit a student to a college by enrolling his name on the register," from Late Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare "to register," from Latin matricula "public register," diminutive of matrix (genitive matricis) "list, roll," also "sources, womb" (see matrix).
The connection of senses in the Latin word seems to be via confusion of Greek metra "womb" (from meter "mother;" see mother (n.1)) and an identical but different Greek word metra meaning "register, lot" (see meter (n.2)). Evidently Latin matrix was used to translate both, though it originally shared meaning with only one. Related: Matriculated; matriculating.