OAU graduates 6,255; 109 bag first class
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, graduated a total of 6,255 students, with 109 receiving first-class honors at all levels of academic degrees.
Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, the university’s vice-chancellor, stated this in his address during the university’s 45th Convocation Ceremony on Friday.
Mr. Ogunbodede greeted guests and the university governing council, which was led by the pro-chancellor, Owelle Udoji, and congratulated the graduates’ parents and guardians.
The event also happens to coincide with the university’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
As they enter the next phase of their lives and professions, he challenged the graduates to have a good impact on all sectors of the Nigerian economy and to assist in resolving the nation’s difficulties.
Mr. Ogunbodede reminded them that they were not only trained for the Nigerian environment, but also to serve as ambassadors of “Great Ife” everywhere in the globe.
He revealed that 4,643 graduates received classified bachelor’s degrees from 13 faculties, while 561 received unclassified bachelor’s degrees.
This is in addition to 903 post-graduate degrees and 146 non-degree diplomas, according to him.
Mr. Ogunbodede remarked that the university had experienced significant growth and development, particularly in academic programs, research, infrastructure, and human resource development.
He bemoaned the fact that, despite small gains, the university’s finances had been a big difficulty, claiming that government support had been woefully inadequate.
The VC, on the other hand, praised TETFund, the university alumni association, and friends for their support of the university’s many projects and programs.
He promised to put modern technology first in the implementation of the university’s goals in order to raise it to new heights with the help of all stakeholders.
Ohanekwu Favour Ebuka, an Electronic and Electrical Engineering student at the Faculty of Technology, was named the top overall student of the 2018/2019 academic year, with a 4.89 GPA and nine prizes.
On Saturday, the convocation’s grand finale will begin.