No fewer than 132 graduates of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka have bagged first class in their respective courses. A student of the Department of Pharmacy, Miss Augusta Ofondu, emerged as the best graduating student of the institution.
Speaking at the 47th convocation ceremony of the university on Friday, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, said the total number of graduates and diploma students stood at 7,830, while commending the first-class graduates.
“I commend these first class graduates for their academic excellence,” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria reported that Ozumba did not give the number of graduates, who had second class, third class degrees or pass.
The VC said the university, which had two convocations within one year, was a practical demonstration of his administration’s resolve to improve the academic curriculum of the university.
“Having a second convocation within one year shows an improvement in the university’s curriculum as well as a timely release of the computer-based results in line with the best academic practices,” he said.
He added that his administration would offer quality education and professional programme to build the university that would serve as intellectual and cultural centre for the promotion of new ideas and partnerships.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Mr. Micheal Olorunfemi, urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of their alma mater in all their endeavours.
He said, “Today is an occasion to celebrate the successes of our children and wards who devoted themselves to academic demands.
Today is a day to reward their devotions and sacrifices to academics. I urge you graduates to be good ambassadors of your alma mater by doing what is right as well as contributing your quota to improving the university’s standard.”