Dr. Oyedepo Charges 9th Set of Graduates Not to Disappoint Destiny
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, at a special thanksgiving service for the 9th Convocation ceremony of the University has charged the 9th set of graduates, also referred to as the ‘Elite Set,’ not to disappoint destiny as they go into the larger society.
Dr. Oyedepo advised the graduates to take Jesus along in everything they do, even as they start a new phase in their walk with destiny. He told the audience that success in life, devoid of sorrow, is one predicated on having a close and intimate relationship with the One that knows what tomorrow holds.
According to him, “There is no joy in achievement, because there are greater achievements than the one you have, but there is joy in the Person of Jesus. Take him along and you will never miss your step. From 1969 when I found him, I have never missed my steps.”
In addition, he told members of the Elite Set to beware of waste. “Don’t waste your energy by being busybodies in other men’s matters,” he charged. He enjoined them to refuse wasting resources by being careless with their earnings. He said it was shameful that a recent study showed that Nigerians spend more on making phone calls than on food.
“You are going into a wasteful culture, please don’t join them. When you waste your resources, you are disqualified from accessing more from God, because a waster shares the same destiny as a sluggard, thus he must end up a beggar,” he advised.
He concluded by charging them to be wary of time-wasting, because that is what determines the worth of any man’s life. Dr. Oyedepo stated that anyone that indulges in time-wasting was just wasting his or her life.
He challenged the graduates to get off to running a schedule that shows they desire to make the most of their lifetime. “According to him, invest your time in things that matter to your future,’ he added.
Earlier on, the Pro-Chancellor, Pastor Abraham Ojeme, delivering his charge during the course of the service, admonished graduates to see God as the architect of their success story and recognize the place of grace in their accomplishments.
Pastor Ojeme said there is need for the Elite Set to appreciate God for enabling them complete the race, as it could have been worse if the evil one had his way.
The Pro-Chancellor charged the gathering to give thanks to God irrespective of the grades with which they graduated with, because thanksgiving is what makes what is not good enough to become what is preferred.
He told the graduates to embrace thanksgiving as a lifestyle as that is what guarantees a better tomorrow. According to him, “We must give God thanks because He is ushering us into a new dispensation and for the good things that He has in store for us, which we are yet to experience.”
To the parents of the graduates, Pastor Ojeme said there was need for them to show gratitude to God for what He has done in the last 4 to 5 years of the academic pursuit of their children and wards. This, he said, is paramount in preserving and multiplying the good things that God has bestowed on them, children and wards.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo appreciated the effort of every member of Covenant University community, for their tireless investment into the lives of the graduates since their first day on campus, noting that the efforts of faculty and staff would not go unrewarded.
Professor Ayo thanked the parents and guardians for keeping faith with the University in her quest to moulding leaders of tomorrow that would bail Nigeria and the black race out of the backwaters of underdevelopment.
He reiterated the importance of the graduates aligning their lifestyle after the University’s Core Values with which they have been shaped in the last couple of years, most especially, having total and absolute dependency on God, and being diligent on all their assignments, as it is with these qualities that they can get to the place of standing before kings.
The convocation thanksgiving service attracted parents, guardians, family and well-wishers of the graduates, as well as members of faculty and staff of the University.