CU Holds 9th Special Convocation Assembly
Covenant University holds its 9th Convocation Assembly today, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the university Chapel in Canaanland, Ota.
This year’s graduating students have been named ‘The Elite Set’ setting the standard for their future placements in the society.
In his welcome remarks, the Registrar of Covenant University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, expressed gratitude to God for bringing CU to yet another graduation ceremony, making it the institution’s 9th graduation ceremony since its inception in 2002.
The Registrar enjoined the graduating students to keep upholding the virtues which they have adopted from their stay in CU even as they are released to the larger society. He encouraged the students to be resolute in their efforts to make a mark in their various areas of interest and study; assuring them that God will be with them every step of the way to endorse their efforts, and ensure they soar like the Eagle that they are.
While making his remarks at the event, the outgoing chair, Student’s Council, Mr. Uyi Osadolor, stated that this batch is the finest graduating set of Eagles to date. Mr. Osadolor declared his graduating set the ‘cream de la cream’ of all CU graduates; stating that they are, to date, the best Eagles to be released. Expressing gratitude to the management and staff of the University for the impact CU has made in their lives, Uyi said, “We ‘The Elite Set’ appreciate the management and staff of Covenant University, for the privilege of having our destinies aligned here.”
The Pro-Chancellor, Pastor Abraham Ojeme, declared the event a thanksgiving occasion for the unprecedented ways God has moved the university to limelight in such a short time. He enjoined everyone that is a witness to what God is doing in Covenant University to join in thanking Him for the awesomely eventful journey so far.
Reading a text from Psalm 115:1, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us; but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.” He explained how necessary it is to thank God for his obvious hand on Covenant University, quoting the very words of the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, “We have never had a better yesterday.”
In his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo noted that the ongoing Convocation activities marks the official conclusion of the current session as the institution prepares to welcome another academic session. He observed that every activity planned by the university at the beginning of the year has been realized even beyond expectations, to the glory of God.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated that Covenant University won many awards in the course of the session, and notable amongst them is the Presidential Special Scholarship Award for Innovation and Development, in which Covenant University topped the list by producing 19 out of the 200 1st Class Graduates from all Nigerian Universities, sponsored to top Universities in the world.
Flagging off the activities for the 9th Convocation Ceremony, the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, stated that all that is happening around Covenant University has been by God’s grace and so God should get all the glory.
Addressing the graduating students of the university, the Chancellor spoke to them on the ‘Five Perspectives of an Ever-winning Life,’ taking his texts from Proverbs 8:19, and Proverbs 4:18, he declared that God has provision for an ever-winning life for his children and therefore requires for them to be in agreement with God’s word, as you usually can only access what you believe. He said, “What you believe is what determines what you become.”
The Chancellor admonished them to make the most use of their time, as life is a race which calls for patience and endurance. Quoting the words of Abraham Lincoln, he said, “Don’t squander time because life is the stuff time is made of.”
The Chancellor further said, “Life is a race, and if you don’t want to be erased, hit the ground running. Life is a race, not for fun, and not for fans. Every vision demands a run and it requires for one to have a runner’s mentality. Don’t be confused by a first class, it is not what determines where you will be tomorrow, a first class holder can become a ‘last-class’ citizen if he does not ‘run’ with it. It is how well you run with the first class that counts. Emerging at the top begins now, and how well you emerge at the top is determined by how you use your time. Nothing is a substitute for work in the journey of life, life is work, or it will lack worth,” the Chancellor concluded.