A total of 4,855 students on Saturday graduated from various disciplines from Delta State University, Abraka, with 58 of them emerging with Doctor of Philosophy.
The graduands also comprised 339 Masters degree awardees as well as 199 others who received Postgraduate Diplomas.
In the first degrees category, 58 graduands emerged with First Class, 1,396 bagged Second Class Honours (Upper Division), 1,827 recorded Second Class (Lower Division) just as 417 graduands came out with Third Class Honours. Also, 44 graduands came up with Unclassified (MBBS) and 77 others with Unclassified (B.Pharm).
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Andy Ogochukwu Egwunyenga, in his convocation address noted with delight that “Delta State University, Abraka, has consistently kept faith with its mandate of producing quality graduates who will contribute to nation building and advance the cause of humanity globally”.
Speaking on he noted that “The quantity and quality of graduates produced by our University over the years attest to our capacity to live up to the vision of our founding fathers. I do congratulate all of us, staff and students, on the successes we have recorded in approximating the ideals upon which our University is founded.
“The above notwithstanding, I urge and enjoin us all not to rest on our oars as even the most advanced university, is a work in progress and the Delta State University, Abraka, is no exception. Though we have achieved giant strides, there is still a lot of work to be done.
He enjoined stakeholders to help build the University to achieve international visibility that is notable for groundbreaking research, unparalleled dissemination and deployment of knowledge for nation building and for the advancement of humanity.
Also addressing the gathering, the visitor of the University, who is also the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Kingsley Ashibougwu, stated that the giant strides that DELSU has been recording during his tenure of office are reassuring of his administration’s commitment to education development.
He advised DELSU management to keep up with the university’s key mandate of research, teaching and learning in order to further boost its global image and reckoning.
Okowa explained that his administration had deliberately established three additional Universities in the State to boost varsity admission for qualified indigenes and also bring education nearer to the people of the state.
The governor then advised the graduands to key into the administration’s entrepreneurial scheme “to be employers of labour and not job seekers.
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