Muhammed Bello and Halimah Adisa
On the 23rd of October 2021, the University of Ilorin gathered 10,922 students for her 36th Convocation ceremony. The University’s Main Auditorium hosted the Convocation event, which was attended by luminaries from both on and off-campus.
In a speech titled “Walk and Work the Dream,” delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, he stated that despite all odds, the University of Ilorin has proven to be outstanding in maintaining the reputation of running a seamless academic calendar, despite the fact that the Covid-19 has forced other academic institutions to cancel an entire academic year.
He went on to say that the university is still the most sought after, praising the work of the entire University personnel. According to the Vice-Chancellor, a total of 10, 922 students were summoned, with 9,338 graduating with a first degree/diploma and 1,584 with higher degrees/postgraduate diplomas.
180 students received first-class; 2,836 students received second class upper division; 4,879 students received second class lower division; 1,110 students received third class; 14 students received a pass in the first degree/diploma category.
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor emphasized that, notwithstanding the oddities, the graduands are remarkable. “There is the need to reiterate that the present event calls for celebration as it is a commemoration of dreams and aspirations that have come into fruition,” he said. “It is worth celebrating because, despite the odds, our teeming graduating students at all levels have emerged successfully outstanding.”
The graduands were charged by the Vice-Chancellor to be problem solvers, as this is the obligation that society has placed on them. He also challenged them all to be critical thinkers and risk-takers, emphasizing that it is the success attained, not the failure, that counts.
Mallam Abidu Yazid, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, indicated that deliberate policies would be adopted to place the University on a road of excellence in his address. He then challenged the graduands to use their knowledge, exposure, and experience gained at the university to good use in the challenges they will encounter outside of school.
In the address by the President, Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Prof. Ignatius Omimawo, Nigerian Academic, Nutritionist, researcher, and former Vice-chancellor, Ambrose Alli University felicitated with the graduands on their attainment. He charged them to challenge their minds on things they can do differently as a person, as well as demonstrating the best attitude and skills outside the university of Ilorin.
He expressed that his administration has put in a lot of work in making sure things are better in the environment, especially for graduates and other citizens. “This administration remains committed to providing the necessary enabling environment for youths and other citizens to realize their potential” he said.
He admonished the youth to be determined and focused towards contributing their quota to national development. “The nation has given you citizenship. It has provided you education as it would continue to ensure the prevalence to maximize creativity, innovativeness, and self-reliance”
He gave credits to the University for maintaining peace and also instilling peace in its students and implores other universities to learn from the University of Ilorin. “May I, therefore, charge other institutions of higher learning in the country to take a cue from the University of Ilorin by always working and maintaining peace at all times”