A total of 288 graduates were awarded first Class degrees of the University of Nigeria, Naukka, at the institution’s 51st Convocation ceremony, even as an Iheaka-born student, Igbo-South Local Government Area, Enugu State, Miss Urama Vivian Chikwado of the Department of Soil Science emerged the best graduating student of the session.
She won the best graduating student award.
Speaking during the conferment of 1st degrees, the Vice-Chancellor of the the University, Prof. Charles Arizechukwu Igwe, FAS announced that a total of 11,494 degrees comprising of Bachelor’s degrees, diploma certificates and postgraduate degrees were awarded at the convocation.
Further breakdown of the bachelor’s degrees, according to Prof. Igwe, showed that 4,853 students graduated with second class (Upper division) 5,077 merited 2nd class (lower division), while 653 and 7 Graduates received 3rd Class and pass degrees respectively. Also awarded, according to him, were 67 diploma certificates, which included 7 distinctions;35 credits, 22 merits and 3 passes in addition to 616 unclassified degrees. At the postgraduate level, the Vice-Chancellor stated that 519 were conferred with the doctorate degrees, 934 earned the Masters degree while 95 graduates were given postgraduate diploma certificates on Saturday, 25 November 2023.
“In keeping with the tradition”, according to the Vice-Chancellor, the Honorary Doctorate Degrees (Honoris Causa) of the University were awarded to two eminent Nigerians who have excelled and distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and their services to the country and humanity.
The doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) was conferred on Inspector-General of Police, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo (Rtd), OON, CFR, a former Inspector-General of Police and Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank PLC, who was also awarded the Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa).
Prof. Igwe advised the fresh graduates to face the future with boldness, noting that their greatest asset was their certificates which is recognized and valued across the globe.
He enjoined them not to allow the prevailing unemployment in the country to dampen their hope, believing that better days lie ahead of them.
The Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Naukka, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogwunwusi, The Ojaja 11, the great Ooni of Ife, noted that the latest graduates were equally quality-assured and would contribute in their drive to restore the dignity of man.
He praised the Igwe-led administration for working to maintain the standards which the University is known for.