Two hundred and eighty one students will graduate with First Class degrees during the University of Lagos (UNILAG) 2018/2019 Convocation ceremonies, scheduled for July 6 to 8.
The University of Lagos says 15,753 students will graduate from the school during its 51st convocation ceremonies from July 6 – 8.
The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who disclosed this at a pre-convocation news conference on Wednesday in Lagos, said that 281 of the graduands will receive first class degrees.
Mr Ogundipe disclosed that the best graduand, Alimi Adedeji, from the Faculty of Science, led the pack with a cumulative gradient point average (CGPA) of 4.98 out of the possible 5 points.
“Let me also add that a female graduand, Opeyemi Popoola, of the department of economics is this year’s best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.90,” the vice-chancellor said.
The vice-chancellor, who listed many achievements of the institution despite the biting scourge of the coronavirus pandemic, said the university has attracted more than N14 billion as research grants for academic and non-academic projects.
This year’s convocation ceremony is coming more than a year after an abrupt cancellation of the ceremony which Mr Ogundipe attributed to “personal interest” and “misinformation.”
He said; “You all recall that on Monday, March 2, 2020 we were gathered in this Chamber to commence activities for the 51st Convocation Ceremonies of the University scheduled then to hold from March 9-12, 2020, but as it turned out, the Ceremonies were cancelled as a result of the personal interest of some individuals. You were all aware that it was the erstwhile Pro-Chancellor, Olawale Babalakin, that misinformed the Ministry of Education and caused the convocation Ceremonies to be cancelled.
“The cost of the cancellation financially, emotionally and materially cannot be measured.
“This event represented a dark moment in the history of our university, but it was also an opportunity for us to learn new lessons on how to strengthen our institutions and processes.”
Mr Ogundipe said following the cancellation of the convocation, the school management could not access funds, budget was not approved, and the “general administration of the University reached its lowest ebb.”
He appreciated the federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari as the institution’s Visitor for their intervention in the time of crisis while he “empathise with the graduating students who have had to wait this long to eventually convoke.”
According to the vice-chancellor, the three-day convocation will culminate in the graduation of a total of 15,753 students.
He also announced that a 71-year-old student will be the oldest to be awarded a Ph.D degree in the history of the school.
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