Babcock varsity holds virtual convocation
Sixty-six of the 2,169 graduating students of Babcock University at Ilisan-Remo in Ogun State made First Class.
The university’s President and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ademola Tayo, announced this on Thursday during the institution’s maiden virtual convocation due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The vice chancellor described the virtual convocation ceremony as historical and a defining moment for the institution.
The graduating students, their parents and well-wishers joined the ceremony in their academic gowns from their homes.
Tayo congratulated the graduands and the university community for their contributions to the achievements the institution had recorded.
He said: “In spite of the current gloom, anxiety and apprehension of what becomes of our world and living conditions after and in the face of the global health crisis and economic meltdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, you never gave up.
“You took your examinations against all odds and stood up for integrity. This resilient sprit enables us to set standards, create our own unique paths, carve out our niches, think outside the box and hit the ground prepared.”
The vice chancellor listed the achievements of the university in the past year to include the funding of more than 18 research works.
Babcock University graduated 2,169 students, comprising 1,686 undergraduates and 483 postgraduates.
The Department of Christian Religious Studies in the School of Education and Humanities produced the Overall Best Student, Olayemi Oluwaseyi Olayinka, with a Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 4.92.
Tayo said Dr. Ezekiel Chibundu and Dr. Emeka Okoro of the institution were ranked among the top 100 Nigerian authors in a recently released ranking of “Top 500” Nigerian authors for Year 2019.
According to him, a Babcock University graduate in Law, Mayowa Mubashir Abiru, was Nigeria’s overall best at the 2019 Law School Bar examinations.
He said at the Call to Bar in Abuja, Abiru went home with 11 awards and accolades.
Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank, Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan, urged the graduating students to be ready to adapt and compete with others as they enter the next phase of life or be ready to start their own businesses.