As Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko matriculated over five thousand newly admitted students both undergraduate and postgraduate, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olugbenga Ige, urged them to be committed to providing an enabling environment that is conducive for learning within its extant regulations and available resources.
The Vice-Chancellor made these charges during his welcoming speech at the 2020/2021 matriculation ceremony session held on the 11th of November 2021 at the Olusegun Obasanjo Multipurpose Hall (OBJ).
“It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the occasion of the 2020/2021 Matriculation Ceremony for our newly admitted students. As you may be aware, a matriculation ceremony is a very significant academic tradition in the university system. Apart from administering the Matriculation Oath as a symbol of induction into the membership of the university community, this event is equally a formal way of ushering our new students into the institution towards fulfilling the goal of impacting society through learning, research, and community service.
He called on the students to see their selection from over Twenty Thousand (20,000) who applied as a golden opportunity that must be guided jealously. He used the opportunity to ask students to take them their admission seriously by being studious and ensuring that their studentship is sustained.
According to him, “As the University remains committed to providing an enabling environment that is conducive for learning within its extant regulations and available resources, the honour is on you, by the reason of the Oath you have undertaken today, to conduct yourself responsibly and take advantage of the available facilities to enhance success in your studies.”
He used the avenue to mention that Adekunle Ajasin University is a student-centred institution that has become a potent boot camp for grooming confident and globally competitive graduates who are distinguished in character and learning.
Speaking further, the VC said the students should be extraordinary and lead in all their endeavours, pointing at some students who have done excellently such as Oluwadamilola Akintewe, a female student in the Faculty of Law, who was named among the top 10 finalists for the Cheggord Global Student Prize, 2021, where a $100,000 award is going to be given to one exceptional student who has made a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on the society an award that attracted the sum named.
Moreso, he said the university has showcased its drive for creativity and innovation on several fronts by pin-pointing the latest innovation by some of the students who invented a robotic dog, which is the first of its kind in the entire country. The VC described this as a lofty feat that has given Adekunle Ajasin University the rating of Primus Inter Pares amongst its peers in Nigeria.
“As a University, we cherish these modest achievements and guard them jealously. Indeed, we yearn for more. And we are confident that having admitted you through our merit-driven admission policy, we have opened the door for achieving more laurels and attaining our aspiration to be the best University in Nigeria, and among the best 10 in Africa.”
Professor Ige used the opportunity to emphasise how the university does not reckon with the identity of anyone that failed to duly register as a student.
“I charge you to complete your registration process before the forthcoming examinations; embrace self-discipline; maintain a decent mode of dressing at all times; shun cultism and examination malpractice; be diligent in your studies, and comport yourself with dignity.”
The VC also urged the students to shun the habit of spreading fake news or anything negative about the institution but rather approach officers designated to take care of such issues.
He admonished them to cultivate a habit of approaching the necessary quarters whenever they are facing problems in the course of their study or write to the Vice-Chancellor’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“I advise you to eschew the doomed path of misconduct, criminality and social vices so that your dreams of becoming responsible citizens and future leaders could be realized. The touch of knowledge we have committed into your hands today must not be blown off: it must continue to burn to enlighten your world. I urge you to be focused, determined, diligent, and law-abiding.”
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