By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has disclosed that 182 students will graduate with first class degrees in the combined 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions convocation coming up next week.
Similarly, the revealed that one of the graduands, Arinola Olaiya, is the first student in 28 years to graduate with Distinction (with Honours) from the Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
The university said it will graduate 7,569 students for the 2015/2016 session and 5,833 for the 2016/2017 session.
The Chairman of the Ceremonials Committee, Prof.Oluseye Bolaji who disclosed this at a pre-convocation press conference organised to highlight the 43rd convocation ceremony of the institution said Olaiya obtained a total of twelve distinctions in the core course.
Bolaji further disclosed that 2,925 students made second class upper, while 4,146 students will graduate with second class lower division.
According to him, 1,088 passed out with third class and 60 graduates with ordinary pass degrees just as 790 were unclassified.
Bolaji explained that 326 graduands would be conferred with postgraduate diplomas, 1,701 with professional Masters, 1,629 with Master by Research, 145 with Masters of Philosophy, while 410 would be conferred with Doctors of Philosophy degrees.
The activities line up for the 43rd convocation is the convocation lectures billed to be delivered by a pioneer staff, a retired Professor of History and Second Republic Senator, Prof. Banjo Akintoye.
Akintoye would be speaking on the topic, “University Education in Nigeria: Revisiting the Ife Dream.”
He said apart from the convocation lectures, an Exhibition of research activities being carried out in the faculties and units of the university will be unveiled, adding that the ceremony for the award of non-degree Diplomas will take place in the Department of Local Government Studies at 1:00pm on Tuesday 11th December, 2018.
“On Wednesday, 12th December, 2018, the conferment of First degrees , Postgraduate Diplomas and Higher (Master’s ) degrees in the faculties of Administration and Arts will take place in Oduduwa Hall Amphitheater at 9:00am.
“On the same day and same venue, graduands of law, Education and Social Science will be conferred with their degrees at 1:00pm.
“Similarly, graduands in the faculties of Agriculture, Environmental Design and Management, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry and Pharmacist would be conferred with their degrees on Thursday 13th December, 2018 at 9:00am.
“While those in the faculties of Science and technology would receive their degrees at 1:00pm, the venue would be Oduduwa Hall Amphitheatre.
“The grand finale comes up on Friday, the 14th of December, 2018, with the conferment of Master of Philosophy, Doctors of Philosophy and Honourary Degrees.
“The Honourary graduand this year is a distinguished Nigerian academic and radical, intellectual activist, Professor Biodun Jeyifo, a Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA and, currently, a Professor of Comparative Literature/African and American Studies at Harvard University, Boston, USA. He will receive Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) Honoris causa for his outstanding intellectual and academic achievements.”