Vice- Chancellor, University of Lagos Rahmon Bello has announced that this year’s convocation ceremonies will see the university awarding 231 students who have excelled in various areas of academic programmes with first class degrees.
He made this announcement during the 2015/2016 pre-convocation press briefing which held on Wednesday 18th January at the senate chambers.
“In continuation of our effort toward sustaining a much treasured tradition of academic excellence, I am pleased to inform you that a total of 12,617 students will be graduating this year having completed various degree and diploma programmes. This is the highest ever in any graduating set. Among those graduating, 6,900 (representing 54.2%) fall within the first degree category while the remaining 5,717 constitute those who have completed their post graduate studies.
“May I also inform you that 231 students are graduating with first class honours, while 95 students have completed their Ph.D programmes. It is interesting to note that last year we had made history by producing a student (Male), who had graduated with what I call a perfect score i.e a 5.0 CGPA. This year however, history has been further made as we now have two female students from the departments of Cell Genetics and Biology, and Systems Engineering graduating with the same perfect score. In the same vein, the department of History and Strategic Studies has, for the first time in its history, produced a first class student; and this for me is epochal.”
The event rose to a crescendo with the reeling out of specific activities lined up for the 49th convocation ceremonies in the university by the Vice- Chancellor who noted with keen interest that it was a particularly significant year.
“In all these years, we have witnessed a steady but phenomenal growth in the quantity and quality of our graduates. The first convocation ever held by the university was held on this day- 18th January, 1968, and I am particularly elated to by the fact that this year’s convocation ceremonies begin with a world press conference on the same day, and in the same month. Today is therefore a special day in the annals of the university’s history.” He said
As part of activities lined up in the coming days, Prof. Bello revealed that three eminent Nigerians will be honoured with Honorary Doctorate degrees; and these include: Emir of Bornu, and Pro-Chancellor University of Lagos H.R.E Alhaji (DR) Abubakar Ibn Umar El-Kanemi (Honoris Causa in Public Administration); Prof. John Pepper Clark D.Litt (Honoris Causa); and Prof. Ayodele Ogunye D.Sc (Honoris Causa) Engineering.
He also announced the resolve of the Governing Council of the University to rename some key monuments within the university after some past Vice- Chancellor of the University of Lagos, who according to him, “were no longer serving, and have not been honoured so far for their contributions to the growth of the university to its enviable position.” The specific honoraries and the monuments renamed after then include: The Main Auditorium renamed J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium; The Radiography Hostel renamed Kwaku Adedevoh Hostel; The Second Access Road renamed Akinpelu Adesola Road; The DLI Auditorium renamed Nurudeen Alao Auditorium; The Multi-purpose Halls renamed Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall; and the Staff School Hall renamed Tolu Odugbemi Hall.
In his closing remarks the Vice- Chancellor opined that the administration of the University of Lagos has perhaps been the most revolutionalised through ICT use.
“Most of our meetings are on the e- platform, resulting in huge savings on paper consumption. Results processing, Information dissemination, etc are now well-facilitated, making our other duties seamless.”
With recent awards won by the university in the use of ICT, including: NITDA+Nihilent e- Governance Awards as the Best Tertiary University (Federal) for 2016, Best use of Technology (Federal University) in 2016 by Nigeria Technology Awards, and finally winning the award as the Federal University Website/Portal of the year 2016, the Vice- Chancellor believes that the university is easily well positioned as the fore-runner in the overall drive toward revolutionalising tertiary education in Nigeria through the deployment of ICT.
Prof. Rahmon Bello concluded by hinting that the 2015/2016 convocation ceremonies will be the last in his tenure as the 11th Vice- Chancellor of the University of Lagos; and also revealed that he is happy that the University calendar had been restored- through a painstaking and collaborative effort among students and staff of the University- to normal such that the convocation period has been returned to its usual period in January. He stated that the acme of his dream as a Vice- Chancellor was to see the University put on an auto-pilot such that nothing is left to the whims of an individual.
He concluded by saying that the institution has graduated a total of 50, 785 students in the last five years, and also thanked members of the press for their cooperation over the years, and response to the invitation. The press conference closed with a question and answer session as the VC entertained questions from members of the Press including a question from Unilag Tv reporter, Sodunke Omololu.