By Vera Anyagafu
The University of Lagos, UNILAG, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, graduated 1,008 students of the Faculty of Education among whom is a 77-year-old female retiree.
The retiree, who studied Guidance and Counseling, told newsmen that the achievement was a dream come true, saying that she went for the degree programme because she did not want to sit at home after retiring.
While declining identification, she explained reason she would not like her name mentioned, saying, “I know where I am coming from and what I am protecting. I am a retired officer. I have worked in a lot of countries around the world and also in Nigeria, where I finally retired.
You know when you retire like that, you will not want to stay at home and be dying slowly. No one should feel too old to go to school as learning remains a life-long adventure. Education has no limit. It is from cradle to death in order for one to add value to the society.”
She also advised parents to give their children quality education and strive to train the children through quality education so they become children to be reckoned with in the society.
Subsequently, the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, disclosed that a total of 3,795 students from the Faculties of Arts, Education and Environmental Sciences would also be conferred with first degree as well as students from the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences.
He told the congregation that the university will graduate a total of 12,843 students at the ceremonies, adding that 7,438 would be awarded first degree and 5,405, postgraduate degrees.
His words, “This year, the trio of Adeniyi Adeyeye (B.Sc. Insurance), Chinaedum Ogbechi (B.Sc. Business Administration) both of Management Sciences, and Joedicta Ekeh (B.Sc. Pharmacy) have emerged best graduating students with cumulative grade point average of 4.96. Also, the Faculty of Arts, Education and Environmental Sciences would graduate 603, 1008 and 382 students, respectively,”
He also mentioned that the Faculty of Science would graduate 964 while Faculty of Social Sciences would graduate 838, explaining that out of the 3,795 students who would graduate on Tuesday, 104 of them finished in the first class category, including four from the Faculty of Arts, 12 from the Faculty of Education, 22 from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, 48 from the Faculty of Science and 18 from the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Going further, Ogundipe, who is the university’s 12th Vice Chancellor, noted that, “The University also has a total of 1,320 graduating students with second class upper division and 1,609 with second class lower division.
“Also graduating are 615 students in the third class category, while 99 others will be graduating with pass grade. The university’s management had pursued uncompromising academic standards, local and global networks and innovative fundraising mechanism in an effort to make the institution better”, the Vice Chancellor added.