Covenant University Produces 114 First-Class Graduates
A total of 114 First-Class graduands were among the 1, 466 that were released as Eagles by Covenant University at her 8th Convocation Ceremony on Friday, July 26, 2013.
In a colourful ceremony that took place at the University Chapel. Parents, guardians and well wishers gathered to celebrate the graduands who had been found worthy in character and in learning. The University also released a total of 141 graduands from the School of Postgraduate Studies comprising 111 Masters Degrees and 30 Doctorate Degrees.
In the First Degree category, the University turned out 720 in the Second-Class Upper Division (2:1), while 565 were in the Second-Class Lower Division (2:2) and 67 made Third Class.
While addressing the audience at the ceremony, the Keynote Speaker and Honourable Minister of Power, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Chinedu Nebo, enjoined the graduands to be the transformational leaders Nigeria needs. In his address, titled, Transformational Leadership and the Quest for Global Relevance, Professor Nebo said, “You had the benefit of graduating from Covenant. So, you are probably better positioned than others to be a player in the new economy.”
“You have been armed with the persona of a responsible person who is willing to take risks and make sacrifices. You have the potential to be key players in ushering in a new Nigeria. You have the potential to be innovative champions of new ideas and to be the people on whose shoulders others will lean.” He further noted.
“As new graduates, this new world of possibilities is your reality and market place. To build a Nigeria that will be globally relevant and competitive in the future, we need transformational leaders. In essence, I am telling you that you have been well trained to retrain yourselves to be transformational players and leaders”, he explained.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo in his impactful speech charged the graduands to be spiritual. According to him:
“Nothing Empowers like Spirituality,
Nothing Dignifies like Integrity, and
Nothing Distinguishes like Diligence.
Only those who make moves make news. Behind every move is a mover. We live in an ever-moving world and only those on the move will ever make the most of their life.”
“You must also note that the worth of a degree is in its deliveries. The worth of a title is in the values the holder carries. Do not seek recognition, go after contribution. Do not seek significance, seek relevance”, he urged.
Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, enumerated the achievements of the University in the area of quality teaching, relevant research, impactful community service, productive entrepreneurship training, international recognitions, world-class MoUs with reputable institutions and quality health delivery services among others.
Professor Ayo congratulated the graduands and expressed his confidence that they would fulfil destiny. “To our Eagles, the graduands of today, I say congratulations. To have subjected yourselves to the rules and academic demands of CU, I say congratulations again.
Today, you are being certified in learning and character. The character component is prime to us and that is why our Towards a Total Graduate (TTG) programme is our unique selling point. That is our packaging factory. Thus, with this certification, I am confident that you will fulfil destiny.”
One of the highpoints of the event was the presentation of prizes and awards to the Best Graduating Student, Mr. Eromhonsele Osayi Michael of the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology in the College of Science and Technology, who graduated with a CGPA of 4.9296.
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