Abavo Kingsley, Benin





As tradition, the University of Benin (UNIBEN) is set to graduate a total of 9,993 students after successful completion of their studies in its 43rd Convocation/47th Founders’ Day ceremonies billed to begin on Wednesday, 22 November, 2017.

Prof. Faraday, Osasere Orumwense made the disclosure last week in a media briefing.

He gave the breakdown of the graduands which he said are from the 2015/2016 Academic Session as follows: First class upper – 100; Second class upper – 1,843; Second class lower – 4,607; Third class – 1,351; Pass degree – nill; Aegrotat degree – 1; Diploma – 188; Certificates – 2; Unclassified – 527; Post – Graduate diploma – 152; Masters – 1,120; Doctorate degree (Ph.D) – 102; Total (9,993).

Prof. Orumwense said that the Convocation/ Founders’ Day event will begin with an interdenominational service at 9 am and will be immediately followed by the Convocation lecture to be delivered by the immediate past minister of Power, Prof. Chidi Nebo.

On day 2, Thursday, 23 November, 2017, there will be exhibition/cultural display; to be followed by the Founders’ Day Lecture billed to be delivered by an alumnus of the University, and immediate past Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Dr. Solomon Arase.

Day three, Friday, 24 November, 2017 will be presentation of prizes/award of certificates, diplomas and first degrees in the Faculties of Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Management Sciences, Pharmacy, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, School of Dentistry, School of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Institute of Education and Institute of Public Administration and Extension Services.

While on day 4; Saturday, 25 November, 2017 the grand finale of the ceremonies, activities commences at 10 am with the presentation of prizes, award of Post – Graduate Diplomas, conferment of Higher Degrees, (Master’s and Doctorate), and conferment of Honorary Degrees/ Professor Emeritus.

This is as two prominent personalities; Prof. Grace Alele Williams, a former Vice Chancellor of the University, and Dr. George Osemwengie Agbonlahor (JP)  a key  player in the private sector of the Nigeria economy will be conferred with honorary degrees of Doctorate of Sciences (D.Sc) Honoris Causa.

Prof. Alele- Williams is being honoured for her outstanding contributions in the field of education at both national and international level, while Dr. Agbonlahor(JP) is being honoured in recognition of his outstanding leadership, as well as tireless commitment towards the growth and development of education in Nigeria, Prof. Orumwense said.

The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude to all stakeholders of the University for their support and maximum cooperation.