By Gbenga Gbelee
A total of 3,452 students across seven different faculties and the Distant Learning Institute (DLI) of the University of Lagos were today admitted into class of various degrees of the University.
Being Day two of the 2017 Convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos, the event saw 134 graduating students bagging First class, 828 students emerging in Second class, Upper division while 1,505 made second class lower.
582 students graduated with third class, 25 students made Pass while 378 students graduated with Degrees not usually classified Medical studies and Pharmacy.
Addressing the graduating students who converged on the Ade Ajayi Memorial hall of the University of Lagos, the Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN) congratulated the graduating students, their parents, sponsors and well wishers on the academic feats and charged them to see themselves as part of the educated elites of the society, hence they should guide their loins and be change agents which the Nigerian society needs.
Also in his address, the Vice chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe reaffirmed his desire to give UNILAG a new direction driven by passion for excellence, one which he said makes his administration’s 6 Dimensional UNILAG Agenda the way to go.
21 year old Roy-Layinde, Bosun Abbas from the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering who graduated with a CGPA of 4.97 was the cynosure of all eyes at the Morning session of today’s convocation ceremony as he bagged several awards in acknowledgement of his academic feat while Nollyhood star, Odunlade Adekola , who made the list of graduating students from the Distant Learning Institute (DLI) shared the shine at the afternoon session of the ceremony with other students who emerged in the First class category and smiled home with various awards.
The 3,452 graduating students for Day 2 of the 2017 Convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos were drawn from the Faculties of Engineering (479 including 62 first class graduates), Law (229 with 2 graduating in the first class category), Management Sciences (748 including 32 first class graduates) and Pharmacy (94 including 20 on the First class list).
Other faculties were Basic Medical Sciences (124 with 12 graduating with first class), Clinical Sciences (246 with 3 as first class students), Dental Sciences (30) and the Distant Learning Institute (DLI) which turned out 1,502 graduates with three of them on the first class honours’ list.
The 2017 Convocation ceremonies would climax tomorrow (May 11, 2018) with the conferment of degrees and Diplomas on graduating students of the School of Post graduate studies and conferment of titles of Distinguished and Emeritus Professorship.
It would be recalled that the events kick started with a press conference at the University’s senate chamber last Wednesday ( May 2, 2018) where the institution’s Vice-chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe reeled out his 6 Dimensional UNILAG agenda of 2017-2022, this was followed by his formal Investiture as the twelfth Vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos as well as the Convocation lecture which was delivered by the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.