The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, on Tuesday, held its award and prize giving day with 227 doctoral degrees and 667 master’s degrees awarded for the 2016/2017 session.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Joseph Ahaneku, apart from the postgraduate awards, 7,600 persons graduated with bachelor’s degrees in 2017.
Out of the 7,600 first degree graduands, 54 finished with a first class degree in various courses, the VC further disclosed.
The award and prize giving day, Tuesday, held at the University Auditorium and was attended by the Pro-Chancellor, Azeez Bello, among other dignitaries, including members of the Senate and the Governing Council.
It was a part of the 12 convocation ceremony of the university.
Mr, Ahaneku said the school would offer the best graduating students in various departments teaching jobs.
He said the graduands were celebrated to encourage the undergraduates.
According to him, 76 students are being paid N10,000 through the school’s work-for-cash scheme, which offers part-time roles to students. He said the number would increase to over 150.
The VC was joined to by the Pro-Chancellor to urge the graduands to be of good conducts, add value to the society and demonstrate the motto of the university – self-reliance, discipline, and excellence.
In his remarks, the overall best graduating student, Ahachie Chibuike of the Department of Electrical Engineering said the awards given to the graduands would spur to excel anywhere they find themselves.
Meanwhile, earlier at the interdenominational service, also part of the convocation ceremony, the VC said over 500 Chinese companies would be in the school in May to recruit students from different disciplines for “studies for employment before graduation”.
He said 276 students of the university are already in China on scholarship.
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