CU Holds 9th Convocation Ceremony for the Award of First and Higher Degrees
Covenant University held its 9th Convocation Ceremony on Friday, 27th of June, 2014; marking its ‘9th Release of Eagles’ since inception in 2002. The ceremony which began at 9am attracted dignitaries from across the globe. Attendees include individuals from the academia, politicians, the clergy, traditional rulers, entrepreneurs and the general public.
In his address titled, “TOWARDS THE WAY OUT FOR A NATION UNDER TRIAL,” the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, announced, “I invite you with excitement to connect with the spirit and symbol of what the convocation ceremony holds, which is indeed a commencement to higher levels of responsibility and a testimony of the goodness and faithfulness of God in seeing the vision of Raising a new generation of leaders realized. This is indeed a time to mark the validation of Covenant University's total substantiation and credence to the pursuit of learning and character worthiness, in the actualization of her vision of being a leading World-Class University, as we have vowed to see demonstrated, in the quality and overall disposition of the graduates of Covenant University.”
While delivering his speech, the special guest for the occasion, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, represented by the Director, Quality Assurance, Professor Chinedu Mafiana, said, “We are particularly elated at the stability we can see in the academic calendar of Covenant University and indeed other Private Universities in Nigeria.” He lauded CU’s newly introduced compulsory Leadership Certification for its students; and charged the graduants to put on their thinking caps, so they can make the most use of their experience as they leave the school environment.
In his speech, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education,Science and Technology, Alhaji Ishola Adegbola Ambali, said, “By the establishment of this University, Living Faith Church, aka Winner’s Chapel, has contributed in no small measure to the development of education, not only in Ogun State, but in Nigeria in general.”
The Keynote Speaker for the event, Dr. Sarah Alade, while delivering her lecture on “RETHINKING THE CONCEPT OF NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION: THE ROLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS,” stated, “The quest to transform Nigeria into a leading economy requires ownership and borders on the concept of organism, where everyone including those of us in tertiary institutions, has a synergic and vital role to play.”
Dr. Alade, who is also the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), explained that national transformation while aimed at achieving a better living condition and inclusiveness in every facet of the economy and society cannot be achieved without economic transformation, which in itself is dependent on the strategic role of higher education institutions in Nigeria and elsewhere.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, stated that the University has come a long way in charting paths for others to follow. He said that the University’s quest to become one of the ten best universities in the world within ten years has had it taking giant steps towards achieving its vision.
One of the core goals of the institution, he said, is to turn out quality graduates for accelerated development in Nigeria particularly, and Africa as a whole. The success of CU’s International Conference on African Development Issues (ICADI), which featured two Nobel Laureates in Economics and 10 seasoned panelists, is a key indicator of this drive.
The Vice-Chancellor also acknowledged some major accomplishments of the University in the last one year to include the 2014 Presidential Special Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) award, in which Covenant University topped the list of successful candidates for the second time running.
While welcoming the guests, the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo declared the out-going set, one of the most privileged sets of Eagles so far, expressing confidence that they would live up to their identity as ‘The Elite Set,’ who shall be distinguished in their various endeavours as they join the global labour market in creating wealth and employment.
Present at the event were, the Vice President Education, Living Faith Church World-wide, Pastor Mrs. Faith Oyedepo, the First Vice-President, Living Faith Church World-wide, Bishop David Abioye and other members of the Board of Regents.