In a press conference held on Friday (6/12/19), the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has stated that 7,209 students would graduate during the OAU 44th Convocation Ceremony scheduled to hold between December 11 and 14.
During the press conference, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the graduands include 5,292 undergraduates & 1,917 postgraduate students.
And out of the total number, 124 would be awarded first-class degrees.
In his words:
“The convocation program which commences on Wednesday, Dec. 11 will feature award of Diploma Certificates at the Department of Local Government Studies.
“A Convocation Lecture entitled, “Education: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Human Capital,” will be delivered by a renowned alumnus, Gbenga Oyebode, as well as other activities.”
“On Saturday, December 14, the grand finale of the convocation will feature the Conferment of Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy Degrees and Honorary Degrees,’’
The Vice-Chancellor also mentioned that the University would be honouring some set of people.
These people have dedicated themselves to contributing immensely to their immediate environment, financially and materially.
“The authorities of OAU have perfected all arrangements to select three people that will be getting awards in this 44th Convocation Ceremony.”
“Amongst them is Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, one of Nigeria’s finest Marketing Communications Practitioners who is a quiet but great philanthropist.”
“Others are President of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Dr. Benedict Oramah and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Plc., Mrs. IbukunOluwa Awosika.”
Prof. Ogunbodede also commented on the speedy nature of the University’s academic session which is a rare occurrence in the past.
“God has divinely made it possible for us, as a university, to have a smooth academic session which provided an enabling environment for us to timely mobilise students for the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme and award them degrees, certificates and diplomas in their respective disciplines’’ he said.
He further explained that students would have to offer entrepreneurship courses (such as photography, fashion designing, metal work, aluminum glass production, fabrics making and more) as from the 2019/2020 session.
“These will prepare them for self-employment as the university management will not graduate students without empowering them,” he said.