Fifty three students graduated with first class
degrees from the University of Ibadan (UI) out of
2,362 graduands in Ibadan on Friday.
The first class graduates emerged from the
institution’s Faculties of Arts, Science, Clinical
Science and Public Health.
Prof. Emilolorun Ayelari, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor
of UI, disclosed this at the 67th Foundation Day
and Convocation 2015 held at the International
Conference Centre in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that
14 of the 53 first class graduates were of the
Faculty of Arts, 32 from Faculty of Science, one
each from Clinical Science, Public Health,
Distance Learning and four from affiliate
Ayelari said 494 had Second Class (Upper
Division), 822 secured Second Class (Lower
Division), 185 had Third Class, 40 in the Pass
category, 177 from unclassified degrees and 48
He said the 53 first class graduates had become
UI scholars, adding that the university would bear
the cost of their studies up till their doctorate
Ayelari urged the graduands to be good
ambassadors of the institution wherever they
Responding on behalf of the graduands, Ms
Ejemenare Daodu, from the Faculty of Clinical
Sciences, said they had come a long way but
thanked God that they had succeeded.
“It was not all rosy. We experienced many
challenges. There were times for laughter and
times of despair.
“All the challenges we faced have shaped us into
intellectuals that we are today’’, she said.
Daodu, who secured the highest number of
awards at the ceremony, urged the students of
the institution to be fully prepared for the task.
She called on the management of the institution
to embrace the digital world that is growing fast.
“I look forward to a day when Nigerian students
will on admission know the date they will
“What I mean is an educational system devoid of
incessant industrial strikes’’, she said.
Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, former Deputy
Governor of Oyo State, who graduated from the
Faculty of Law, said he was glad he succeeded,
despite the his responsibilities.
Ayelari presented the incoming Vice Chancellor
of the institution, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, to the
He would assume duty on Dec. 1. (NAN)
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