TWENTY-three students of Anchor University, Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos State have graduated with First Class Honours.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joseph Afolayan, gave the figure at the maiden convocation ceremony of the university, on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the university graduated 63 students in the 2019/2020 academic session.
Of the number, 27 got Second Class Honours (Upper Division) while 13 graduated with Second Class Honours (Lower Division).
The best graduating student, Miss Mary Enakireru, had a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.95.
Addressing the audience, Afolayan said: “The world needs credible leaders, technocrats, professionals and academics, who are driven with the love and fear of God.
“Go and answer the call. Go out, my dear pioneers, and thrive on the powerful wings of the Almighty.”
The vice-chancellor noted that the corporate world had challenges including the temptation to compromise standards.
“Remember you have been loaned to the Almighty God,” he said.
Afolayan said that Anchor University started with a desire to become one of the leading universities in Nigeria.
” We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our students from different backgrounds and cultures align with the vision of our founding fathers.
“Along the line, we faced the challenge of upgrading and securing our facilities to ensure that we compete globally.
“By the grace of God, the institution has continued to defy the challenges, as every challenge we encountered has been a stepping stone to greater accomplishments,” he said.
Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Silas Dada, said that the desire to raise godly, conscientious and disciplined youths and professionals to check the downward slide of values in Nigeria and globally, informed the establishment of the institution.
Dada urged the pioneer graduands not to forget their alma mater.
“To the parents of the graduands, your job is almost done but not just yet.
” These young adults are being sent into a new terrain and are coming into a new stage of their lives.
“For the management of the institution, now is the time to start building more networks and students relations beyond the walls of the university,” he said.
Pastor Philip Oluwi, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the university, said that the vision of Anchor University was clear and its mandate unambiguous.
Oluwi said that the mandate was to train minds and transform them into new human beings that would not only become relevant to the society but be ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
“We are confident that these brilliant graduates being released today will go out to the larger society to shine brightly in the communities, workplaces at both national and global spaces,” he said.
In her valedictory speech, the best graduating student, Enakireru , advised her fellow graduands and undergraduates of the university to create identities for themselves.
“You have to prove to the world that you are somebody.
“Learn from every mistake; Every experience, encounter and particularly your mistake is there to teach you,” she said.
She attributed her feat to the grace of God.
“God is the secret of my success, without Him, I would not have made it this far,” she said.
She said that she did not see her graduating as the best student coming.
“Hence, I will not say it was my dream; it is a privilege bestowed upon me by God, and I am grateful to Him for that,” Enakireru said.
– July 9, 2021 @ 15:58 GMT |