Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, will graduate 6, 341 at the 5th Convocation Ceremony of the institution which will hold on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th, November, 2014. Of this number, 26 graduands will receive First Class Degrees.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Femi Mimiko, gave the revelation on Tuesday last week during the Press Conference kick-starting the Convocation Ceremony.
Prof. Mimiko said, “A total of 6,341 graduands from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 sets will be convocating this year.
Faculty of Science with 1,519 has the largest chunk, followed by Social and Management Sciences, Arts, Education and Law in that order. There are 412 graduands receiving postgraduate degrees, 10 of whom are in the PhD category.
“Of the two sets, 26 graduated in First Class; 1,414 in Second Class Upper Division; 3,505 in Second Class Lower Division; 993 in Third Class. ”
The VC said the 5th Convocation Ceremony was unique in the sense that it coincided with the University’s Founder’s Day of 15th year Anniversary, saying, “This is not a coincidence but fallout of a deliberate initiative to institutionalize the university and put it on a competitive pedestal and it is my hope that this profound tradition of scholarship shall be sustained here.”
Prof. Mimiko said AAUA would continue to strengthen the integrity and quality of its academic programmes through training and retraining of its staff and re-inventing and re-engineering of its programmes and emplacement of a broadening research agenda, with a view to churning out globally competitive graduates.
The VC highlighted some of the recent academic and infrastructure landmarks of the university.
He said, “Early this year, the United States Transparency International Standard, USTIS, after its 2013 school ranking survey, proclaimed AAUA the Best State University in Nigeria. A graduate of AAUA, Opeyemi Akeem Longe, who made First Class in Law, the first in the University’s 15-year history, did not only repeat the feat at this year’s Final Bar Examination of the Nigerian Law School, he is indeed the best result nationally!”
On infrastructural development, he said, “The Visitor to the university, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, inaugurated six projects during the last convocation ceremony on Friday, March 22, 2013. Between that time and now, the University has added at least seven other major projects to further tackle the challenge of space… There is the 30-Classroom Quadrangle; the 500-capacity Nelson Mandela Hall, the Central Research Laboratory Building, the Health Centre Building, and the Eastern Campus Gate. Above all, there is the iconic Senate Building, which is unarguably the most compelling, the biggest and most modern University Senate building in Nigeria.”
He thanked the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, for demonstrating genuine interest in ensuring delivery of quality education in the State.
Meanwhile, the Special Keep-Fit exercise for the Convocation Ceremony was held on Friday last week. The exercise started with a walk from the University Multipurpose Hall to the ultra-modern Gymnasium of the University.
Speaking after Keep-Fit exercise, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mimiko, reiterated his delight at the sustenance of the weekly exercise and at making it a regular feature of the University’s Convocation.
He thanked the Sports Unit for managing and utilizing the Gym well. He stressed the need for members of the University Community to visit the magnificent Gymnasium at least once in a week to keep fit.
He noted when the accreditation team of the National Universities Commission visited the Gym, members of the team said the AAUA Gym was second to none in all Nigerian universities.
The VC announced that funds would be approved for the purchase of more sports equipment and thanked every member of the University Community for contributing to the project of building a new AAUA. He enjoined the students to continue to sustain the stable academic calendar, protect and project the image of their university.
Other events lined up for the Convocation Ceremony are the Opening of Exhibition (Scientific and Artistic) is built for Monday, November 3, in the Students\’ Relaxation Centre at 10:00a.m.
Interdenominational Service comes up on Tuesday, November 4 in the University Multipurpose Hall at 10:00 a.
Jumat Service will hold same day at 2:00 p.m in the AAUA Central Mosque, while the Convocation Play, Kurunmi, by Ola Rotimi, will start by 5:00 p.m. same day.
The Convocation Lecture, titled, The Break Up of Nigeria: Myths, Realities and Implications, will be delivered by His Excellency, former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu under the chairmanship of the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, OON, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in the University Multipurpose Hall at 2:00pm. This is followed by the Closing Ceremony of the Exhibition exercise in the Students\’ Relaxation Centre and Graduand\’s Cocktail at new Senate Building piazza at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively same day.
Thursday, November 6, will feature the conferment of First Degrees on graduating students of the Faculties Arts, Education, Science, the Institute of Education and presentation of prizes at 10:00 a.m. in the University Multipurpose Hall.
Friday, November 7, will feature the conferment of First Degrees on Graduating Students of the Faculties of Law, Social & Management Sciences and Institute of Part Time Programmes.
Conferment of Postgraduate Diplomas, Higher Degrees, Honorary Degree; and Presentation of Prizes at 10:00 a.m. in the University Multipurpose Hall.
This will be followed by Convocation Luncheon at the University Guest House.
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