A total of 238 Covenant University students in Ota, Ogun, graduated with first class honours’ degrees on Friday at the institution’s 2017/2018 Convocation.
The institution’s Vice-Chancellor (V-C), Prof. Aaron Atayero, disclosed this during the university’s 13th Convocation, the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees and presentation of prizes to its deserving students in Ota.
The university graduated 1,887 students for the 2017/2018 academic session. They comprised: 238 first class honours, 746 second class upper honours, 452 second class lower, 86 third class and 365 post-graduate students.
Miss Salami Toluwani from the Department of Industrial Chemistry, College of Sciences, emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point of Average (CGPA) of 4.99. Atayero said that the graduates were not trained to seek but to provide employment, and where they get employed, they should distinguish themselves as attested to by employers’ of labor.
“All over the world, our graduates are always breaking the grounds in many human endeavors,” he said. Atayero attributed the success and milestone achieved by the institution to the high quality of its teaching linked with high quality research.
He implored the graduating students to deploy all what they had been through in solving the nation’s problems: leadership, unemployment, poverty, wanton killings, infrastructural deficit and poor health services.
Also speaking, Dr David Oyedepo, the Chancellor of the university, said there was a need to redefine democracy in the country to surmount its challenges. He noted that leadership was not just about talking, but taking the lead. Oyedepo said that leadership was not an endowment, but a product of outstanding accomplishments.
He said that the vision of the institution was to raise a new generation of leaders in every area of human endeavor, which would engender great changes in Nigeria, African and the world at large. “I implore you all to start thinking about changing and start thinking of solutions to challenges confronting the nation,” he said.
Oyedepo advised the graduating students to imbibe and uphold the core values of the institution. In a keynote address, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, the Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria PLC., advised the graduating students to identify every problem as an opportunity to proffer solutions to them, especially, those confronting the country.
Awosika said that the graduates had better opportunities because they had received education from a good university that impacted quality education on them. “Challenges do not destroy vision but they empowered vision,” she said.
Awosika, however, advised the graduates not to allow circumstances to overcome their sense of vision. She also enjoined them to seek knowledge with character, adding that without character, it would be difficult to actualize their dreams.
By Ibrahim Lapinni