By Bukola Olamona
Thirty one First Class students were among the 5,252 students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba- Akoko, who will graduate in various degrees and diplomas for the 2016/2017 academic session.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun made this known during the 8th convocation press conference of the institution held at the liaison office of the institution.
Ajibefun said out of the 5,252, the total number of 5,101 were conferred with first degrees, 39 received Master’s Degrees, 108 bagged Postgraduate Diplomas while four earned Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.
He posited also that 1,132 bagged Second Class Upper Division, 3,143 received Second Class Lower Division, 773 graduated with Third Class while 22 had Pass Degree.
Ajibefun also disclosed that a distinguished Nigerian, Mrs. Sijuade Iluyomade, the founder and convener of the Arise Foundation will be conferred with the Doctor of Law, Honoris Causa.
He stated that Mrs Sijuade Iluyomade was chosen to be given the award because her lifestyle and achievements tallied with the university’s tradition of excellence and integrity.
He said to deepen the integrity of academic programmes of the institution; the university has continued to sustain the integrity of its academic programme in line with the vision handed over to it by its founding fathers 19 years ago.
He said:”the five kernels that were put in place by the university to deliver sustainable academic integrity i.e. cutting edge research, merit-driven admission, merit-driven staff appointment and sending young academics for higher degrees in notable universities at home and abroad, and training and re-training of academic and non-teaching staff for optimal performance, were sustained during the period under review”.
The VC added that the university has consistently earned 100 per cent in the accreditation of its courses by the National Universities Commission, NUC ” the University just concluded another round of NUC accreditation and preliminary reports from the exercise, indicated that all the programmes did well in the exercise”.
He also disclosed that the Law students of the university have consistently made First Class at the Nigerian Law School in the last five years.
“In the 2018 Final Bar Examinations of the Nigerian Law School, Miss Agbede Blessing Olajumoke, also made a First Class at the examinations”, he added.
According to Ajibefun, the University has sponsored about 207 academic and non-teaching staff on local and international trainings and conferences from 2016 till date, adding that a total of 20 young academics has also benefitted from TETFund postgraduate sponsorships in different universities across the world, while 25 others from various categories enjoyed international and local conference attendance within the last one year.
The weeklong convocation ceremony which started last week Friday with a Jumat Service at the university mosque, will continue with a Convocation Lecture slated for Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by a former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Michael Faborode, with the topic,” Nigerian University System: Stability and Global Competitiveness”.
According to the university don the convocation event will come up in two days”. On Day 1, Thursday, November 22, 2018, there shall be Conferment of First Degrees on graduands in the Faculties of Education, Social and Management Sciences, Institute of Education and Institute of Part-Time Programmes; and Presentation of Prizes in the University Multipurpose Hall at 10.00 am.
“The grand-finale holds in the university’s multipurpose hall on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10am. Graduands in the Faculties of Arts, Law and Science shall be conferred with First Degrees. There shall also be Award of Higher Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas, Conferment of Honorary Degree and Presentation of Prizes” he stated.