The University of Ilorin will be turning out 48 First Class graduands during this year’s Convocation Ceremonies taking place between Monday, October 20 and Thursday, October 23, 2014. This shows a slight increase over the 41 produced last year.
A total of 6,329 graduands will be receiving the first and postgraduate degrees as well as Diplomas in various disciplines at the convocation, which is the 30th in the series. Of these, 5,421 will be getting their first degrees while 18 will receive Diplomas. To convoke also are 642 Masters Degree,106 Ph.D. and 142 postgraduate Diploma graduands.
These details were obtained exclusively by Unilorin Bulletin even as the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, released the programme of events for the convocation ceremonies last Wednesday (October 8, 2014).
According to the programme of events, the convocation activities will formally kick off this Friday (October 17, 2014) with a Special Juma\’at Service at the University Central Mosque at 1.30a.m.
Also, a Special Church Service to commemorate the commencement of the 2013/2014 convocation ceremonies would also hold on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Catholic Chaplaincy, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, University of Ilorin at 9.30a.m.
Other events for the ceremony, according to Mr. Obafemi, include the Vice-Chancellor\’s Press Briefing, which comes up on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the University Main Auditorium by 10.00a.m. The Convocation Play, entitled “The Killers” (An anti-violence play) and written by Dr. A. A. Adeoye, will be staged at 4.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. on the same Monday at the Performing Arts Theatre.
The Convocation Lecture, entitled “Innovation: A Trans-disciplinary Approach”, will be delivered on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Rasak, the President, International Association of Universities. The lecture takes place at the University Main Auditorium at 10.00a.m.
Also on Tuesday, the Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Benjamin Ikenchuku, the Dein of Agbor, will host a cocktail in honour of the Convocation Lecturer at the Chancellor\’s Lodge by 6.00p.m.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the main convocation for the award of prizes, first degrees and diplomas for graduands from the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Management Science and Social Science will take place at the University Main Auditorium at 10.00a.m. This will be followed, at 5.00p.m, by commissioning of projects by the Visitor to the University, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
On Thursday, October 23, 2014, it will be the turn of graduands from the Faculties of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Communication and Information Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences as well as Postgraduate School to receive their prizes, degrees and diplomas. This will be followed by the convocation luncheon and merit awards at the Multi-purpose Hall, University of Ilorin by 2.00p.m.
The ceremonies will be rounded off by a special Juma\’at service at the University Central Mosque on Friday, October 24, 2014 and a Special Thanksgiving Service at the Chapel of Light, University of Ilorin on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
Meanwhile, a total of 6,329 graduands will be receiving the first and postgraduate degrees as well as Diplomas in various disciplines at this year\’s convocation ceremonies. Of these, 5,421 will be getting their first degrees, 18 will receive Diplomas, 642 are Masters Degree graduands, 106 Ph. Ds and 142 postgraduate Diplomas.
Forty-eight of the 5421 first degree graduands are passing out with the First Class honours degree while a total of 1,190 are graduating with the Second Class Upper degree; 2,814 graduands will be awarded the Second Class Lower degree. A total of 1,068 will bag the Third Class degree while 84 will get the Pass grade.
A further breakdown of the performance of the graduands shows that 12 of the First Class graduates are from the Faculty of Engineering; 11 are from the Faculty of Physical Sciences; nine from the Faculty of Life Sciences; six from the Faculty of Agriculture and five from the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences. The Faculty of Management Sciences produced two First Class graduates this year while the Faculties of Arts, Basic Medical Sciences and Education produced one First Class graduate each.
The Faculty of Education is producing the highest number of graduating students this year with a total of 1,640, followed by the Faculty of Physical Sciences (694), the Faculty of Arts (627), the Faculty of Life Sciences (491), the Faculty of Social Sciences (431) and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (299).
Others are: the Faculty of Management Sciences (254), the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences (238), the Faculty of Agriculture (224), the Faculty of Clinical Sciences (217), the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences (168), and the Faculty of Law (156).
In the postgraduate category, the Faculty of Management Sciences will issue 147 higher degrees, made up of 66 Postgraduate Diplomas, 77 Masters degrees and four Ph. Ds. This is followed by the Faculty of Physical Sciences with 145 higher degrees, consisting 18 Postgraduate Diplomas, 104 Masters Degrees and 23 Ph. Ds. The Faculty of Arts is issuing 122 higher degrees, made up of 102 Masters Degrees and 20 Ph. Ds while the Faculty of Education will present 121 graduands for higher degrees.
Others are: the Faculty of Life Sciences, 89 higher degrees; the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, 70; the Faculties of Agriculture and Law, 50 each; the Faculty of Social Sciences, 42; the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, 31; and the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, 23.