Seventy-eight graduates have bagged first class degrees at the 39th convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Bamitale Omole, stated this on Thursday during the ceremony, which witnessed the conferment of 5, 249 first degrees and 3, 363 postgraduate degrees on students.
He said 1, 161 students bagged second class upper degrees while 2, 260 students bagged Second class lower and 877 students bagged third class degrees.
Quoting the latest Web-o-metric ranking, Omole explained that OAU ranked first in research among Nigerian universities, adding that the transparency, justice and integrity will continue to be the guiding principles of the university.
He said, “In furtherance to its claim as the number one IT university in Nigeria, OAU recently competed for and won a $2.7m Cloud Computing and Telepresence Facility. This achievement makes our university the only university in Nigeria with hi-tech facility.
“While other universities still use the iLab developed and made by MIT, OAU has developed her own iLab and this has helped us in solving some of the basic needs of experimentation.”
Enjoining graduates to brace up to the challenges of life after school, Omole said that the rigorous training by OAU will come in handy in the future.
“As graduates of OAU, Ife, we expect you to come up with innovative ideas in job creation and entrepreneurial skills which will stand you in good stead in settling down quickly to making your marks in national development,” Omole said.