Daniel Dada Ayodele, will be the star to watch out for during the 2014/2015 Convocation of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) slated for next week.
He made a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.00, which the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Rahamon Bello, described as a perfect score record during a pre-convocation briefing yesterday.
Bello said the Psychology student is one of the 178 First Class students that will graduate during the three-day convocation programme.
“This year, a record has been set. A graduating student in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mr Ayodele Daniel Dada is graduating with a CGPA of 5.00. A perfect score; this means he scored As in all courses he took in the programme. I congratulate Mr Dada and the staff of the Department of Psychology for the feat,” he said.
A total of 10,907 students, made up of 5,472 undergraduates and 5,435 postgraduates will graduate during the three-day convocation at the Multipurpose Halls of the university. With this, the university is almost achieving parity in the ratio of undergraduates to graduate students that it produces. Its aim is to train more postgraduate students.
Among the first degree recipients, 1,617 will bag Second Class Upper degrees; 2,496, Second Class Lower; 884, Third Class, and 50, Pass. Another 274 from the Medical Sciences and Pharmacy will graduate with unclassified degrees.
Among the 5,435 postgraduate students, 391 are graduating with Post Graduate Diplomas (PGD), 5,973 with Masters, and 71 with PhD.
The convocation programme will start on Monday with a lecture titled: “Positioning Nigeria as the Technology Hub of Africa” to be delivered by Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology. It will culminate on Thursday with the installation of Alhaji Abubakar Ibu Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno, as the Seventh Chancellor of the university.
Prof. Bello said the Faculty of Engineering topped the lot with 41 being the highest number of First Class degrees..
The university will also be graduating 71 students in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees category in various disciplines.
.Bello said that management had recorded huge success in its stride to uplift the standard of the university.
“Today, our environment is one of the cleanest of all the institutions in Nigeria, as we have commenced waste sorting and this is yielding fruits.
“All our classrooms and laboratories are now comparable with those anywhere in any first rated university worldwide.
“Research equipment and facilities are now being modernised and research activities are taking new dimensions.
“Our internalisation efforts are also yielding fruits, in spite of all the social challenges in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Bello said that the university was currently playing host to 33 postgraduate students from various West African countries, under the ECOWAS Academic Mobility scheme, for their various Master and Ph.D. studies.
He also said that students exchange programme with some Canadian and Chinese universities were in the offing.