At the University of Ibadan’s 2023 convocation ceremony on Tuesday, 314 students received first-class degrees, out of 6,865 who graduated.
Speaking at the occasion, the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Kayode Adebowale, alluded to the fact that it was a part of the festivities commemorating the university’s 75th Foundation Day celebration, which took place at the International Conference Centre.
He went on to say that the graduates, who came from the institution’s 17 faculties, Distance Learning Centre (DLC), and other affiliated institutions, also included 1,519 who received second class upper division, 3,665 who received second class lower division, and the remaining students who received grades below the other categories.
According to him, the event which was the day one of the convocation ceremonies witnessed the graduation of graduands from the Faculties of Arts, Sciences, Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Public Health and Dentistry.
“Despite the attendant challenges that have trailed academic and administrative activities in 2023 up to this point, the university has recorded notable degrees of accomplishments,” he added in reference to the university.
He praised the parents and guardians of the graduates for their assistance in helping them achieve this achievement in addition to congratulating them on their successful completion of their academic journey at the university.
As a result, he gave the graduates instructions to embrace learning and character as the two wings that university graduates fly with.
In addition to inspiring the graduates with his life story and business accomplishments, Dr. Abib Olamitoye, chairman of the Abib Olamitoye Group, gave a commencement speech.
He gave them a task: “Write an essay on what you want to become in life after today and be determined; small ambition in life is as bad as no ambition in life.” He counselled them to continue reading stories of successful people, particularly in fields related to their goals.
“You studied books about success in school, and even after graduation, you will need to read more books about achieving success in life. Read about saving, motivation, and enterprises. Be methodical, tactical, and forward-thinking in your thinking, he advised.
He urged them to become top achievers in life and taught them to give back to their alma mater, parents, and families in addition to oneself.
Ayo Daphine-Adeola, a graduate student from the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Classics (Greek and Latin), is the top graduating student overall at the 2023 convocation.