Graduates of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education have been charged to justify the grades and certificates awarded to them in order to keep up the integrity of the institution, as well as bring honour to themselves and their families.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, gave this charge at the 41st convocation ceremony of the university, for the award of Bachelor’s degrees and prizes on April 21, 2023.
Onuchuku urged the former students to make the society better with the knowledge gained at the university, while urging them to be committed to their alma-mater.
The Vice-chancellor reiterated his commitment to building a university whose graduates would compete with their counterparts from similar institutions around the world.
He disclosed that the signing of a pact with a renowned entrepreneurship firm and the establishment of a CISCO Networking academy at the university were to equip the graduates with in-demand skills for opportunities in the global digital-economy.
Onuchuku explained that to build the vocational and technical competencies of the students, his administration purchased a new 30KVA generating set to power the Mechatronics and the Autotronics laboratories which were hitherto underutilised because of irregular power supply.
He also disclosed that the renovation of the Ndele campus by the Rivers State government, establishment of a full-fledged faculty of Agriculture, and the creation of new academic programmes have improved the aesthetics of the campus and beefed-up its status as a tertiary institution.
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In the same vein, the administration purchased a 200KVA generator for the university auditorium to mitigate the inconveniences associated with the regular use of the facility as a result of increased academic activities at the institution.
Other achievements include renovation of the hostels and provision of water and sanitation facilities to improve the students’ wellbeing, construction of more lecture rooms and offices, the introduction of a policy of payment of school fees in two instalments, among others.
A total of 3, 742 graduands received their degrees. Out of this number, 20 came out with first class, 763 had second class upper division, and 2,367 passed with second class lower division, while 59 had third class.
The overall best graduating student was Homa Jeanette Worlu of the Department of French.
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