University of Lagos convocation ceremony for the year 2018 is currently underway at the institution Yaba campus of the institution.
To deliver the convocation lecture titled Nigeria Rising: The path to progress is the vice president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, disclosed this at a pre-convocation news conference said 271 students of the institution would be graduating with First Class degrees during its 2017/2018 Convocation ceremonies, scheduled for April 1 to April 5.
According to him, a total of 12,811 students would be receiving degrees, diplomas and certificates at this year’s convocation ceremonies.
“The best graduating students with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.96 at this year’s convocation are Joedicta Eke, from the Faculty of Pharmacy; Adeniyi Adeyeye, Department of Insurance, and Daniel Ogbechi, Department of Business Administration, both of the Faculty of Management Sciences.
“In the Postgraduate category, we will be awarding 150 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, three of whom were under my supervision, 4, 771 Masters degrees and 484 Postgraduate diplomas.
“The best PhD Thesis in Science would be awarded to Ayodele Ajibade, of the Department of Metallurgical and Material Engineering, while Oyewole Oyebade of the Department of Philosophy, will receive best thesis award for Humanities.
“Ayodele Ajibade will also receive the overall best Thesis award,” he said.
According to Ogundipe, the university under his watch has pursued an uncompromising academic standard, local and global networks, innovative fund raising mechanism, transformational and transnational leadership as well as accountability in all university processes.
He said that with all of these, the university management was on the path to making the institution greater.
“The strong understanding that research was one of the core obligations of a university and the realisation that governnent or university could not singlehandedly fund research, management had in the last one year attempted to raise awareness about the need for our faculty members to apply and attract more research grants to the institution, especially through multi-disciplinary research.
“We have, however, strengthened our research centres and given them the mandate to pursue research that can attract grants from multi-national corporations and government agencies.