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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

66 OAU students bag first class as 6,827 graduate

Out of the Six thousand eight hundred and twenty seven (6,827) students  who graduated at the 42nd convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 66 students graduated with first class another 1,305 had second class upper and 2,127 graduated with second class lower.
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Also, 606 had a third class, 50 students had a pass and for the unclassified degrees, 65 students graduated with credit.

Also 15 students graduated with a distinction from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the convocation ceremony which started on Wednesday.

The acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, further

disclosed that 4,646 students were conferred with first degree ; 518 Postgraduate Diplomas; 1,663 got Postgraduate Degrees.

In his address, the acting VC identified crises and frequent closure of the OAU as the cause of instability of the university's calendar.

Eujoba, who described the institution's chanllenges as spiritual, said they could be tackled with divine and strategic approaches.

He said: "My convocation address would be incomplete if I do not share my reflections on how tertiary institutions in Nigeria can manage campus crises more conservatively and yet with decisive effectiveness. Although, many aspirants pursue selection with a do-or-die vigour, from my little experience in only four months, the Nigerian VC seats (especially public universities) are too hot to be so attractive unless you are divinely chosen.

"The five-year persistent heat radiation inflicted on VCs can even reduce one's lifespan. Public institutions, particularly those concerned with youth education, need to create avenues for engaging and designing popularly accepted and non-confrontational strategies for managing conflicts in their campuses.

"Mutual dialogue and collaboration should be maintained between the university management and varios student and staff stakeholders that constitute the University community in decision-making processes as a panacea for nipping crises in the bud."

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