By Bunmi Oguns, Associate Editor
University of Lagos has produced two First Class graduates from the department of Cell Biology and Genetics, faculty of Science; and department of Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering with the peak score of 5.0.
The female students, Miss Taiwo Bankole and Oyindamola Omotuyi with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), who achieved the feat, were part of the 231 graduating students who passed in the First Class Division in the institution’s 2015/ 2016 convocation ceremonies, the 49th in the series.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahamon Ade-Bello who gave a statistics of the graduating students to Journalists, said a total of 12,617 received their degrees, diplomas and certificates during this year’s convocation, adding that out of this figure, 6, 900 (54.7 percent) received first degrees or diplomas, while 5, 717 (45.3 percent) received post graduate degrees.
“ Out of the first degree graduating students , Faculty of Engineering topped the list with 46 First Class graduating students, 1705 passed out in the Second Class Upper division, 2,972 are in the second Class Lower division , 1, 372 in third Class, 103 with Pass degree, while 517 have degrees or diplomas that are not classified”, he said
The three-day convocation ceremonies kicked-off on January 23, with unveiling of new names for its infrastructure to honour all past vice chancellors of the institutions, who have not been honoured so far for their contributions to the growth of the university.
According to him, “the governing council of the university ratified the senate’s proposition as follows; the Main Auditorium renamed J.F. Ajayi Auditorium, the Second Access Road, now renamed Akinpelu Adesola Road, the Radiography Hostel renamed Kwaku Adadevoh Hostel, DLI Auditorium renamed Nurudeen Alao Auditorium, and the Multipurpose Hall now named after Prof. Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall, while the staff School Hall was renamed Tolulope Odugbemi Hall.”
The unveiling of the new names, was followed by a convocation lecture titled: Building a Successor-Generation: Reflections on Values and Knowledge in Nation Building,which was delivered by the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The well attended programme was chaired by Major-General (Rtd.) Ike Omar Nwachukwu .
The ceremony climaxed on January 26, with the graduation of the School of Postgraduate Studies, as well as the award of honorary doctorate degree on three eminent Nigerians which included His Royal Eminence, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbi El-Kanemi, Shehu of Borno (Honoris Causa) Public Administration, Professor John Pepper Clark(Honoris Causa) and Professor Ayodele Francis Ogunye(Honoris Causa) Engineering.
Also honoured are Professor Osato Frank Giwa-Osagie with Emeritus Professorship of the institution, while four other professors; Babajide Ibitayo Alo, Olukayode Amund, Cecilia Ihuoma Igwilo and Jim Ijenwa Unah, all became distinguished professors.