About 42 graduands of the University of Calabar, were yesterday awarded first class degrees in various fields of discipline after the academic council of the institution certified them worthy in learning and in character.
Speaking at the just concluded 31st convocation of the institution, which took place at the Ibrahim Odia’s stadium, vice chancellor of the University, Prof Zana Akpagu, while trying to give a breakdown of other graduands who also bagged other types of degrees, diplomas, PHD’s and Masters degrees at the institution, said that apart from the 42 first class degrees awarded to best performing graduands, the institution under his watch, has also awarded its higher degrees/diplomas to about 2,226 qualified ladies and gentlemen.
Of the said figure, 282 of them admitted to pursue PHD, 1,480, Masters, and 464, Post Graduate Diplomas.
According to him, a total of 7,957 graduands who were found to be worthy in character and learning will be awarded the first class degree of the institution.
Akpagu averred that 42 of them earned first class, adding that about 1,940 bagged second-class upper division and 4,860 bagged second class lower division.
The institution’s vice chancellor maintained that about 1,005 bagged third class and 110 with a pass adding that a total of 1,624 were awarded diplomas at the ceremony.
Apart from the award of higher degrees awarded to its graduands at the convocation ceremony, the vice chancellor also commissioned several infrastructural projects embarked upon by his administration.
Akpagu commissioned some projects (the faculty of Engineering technology lecture theatre which was facilitated by senate minority leader Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio, former Akwa Ibom State governor, and Sir Dr Daniel Chuckwudozie Oil/gas) yesterday afternoon, a day before kickoff of the convocation ceremony.
The vice chancellor maintained that plans are in advance stage to complete the over 30 remaining projects, including students’ hostel, laboratories, classroom blocks, staff offices, sports and medical facilities which according to him, will be completed and commissioned by March 2019.
The vice chancellor used the ceremony to confer some eminent personalities like former senate leader, Vice Ndoma-Egba, Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio and Emir of Borgu, Niger State with honaris causa doctorate degree in Business administration while Ndoma-Egba and Akpabio bagged thiers in law.
He said that the doctorate degrees were awarded to the recipients for their numerous contributions towards the development and survival of the university adding that it was on the basis of that that the university management found them worthy for the award.
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