The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced that the institution will graduate 8,000 students in April.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe disclosed this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Lagos.
According to him, arrangement for the successful hosting of the ceremony has now been concluded, adding that the university would on Friday, March 8, 2019, hold a special Senate meeting to consider results.
He said that activities lined up for the week-long event include a news conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.
The vice chancellor said that graduating students were expected to attend the ceremony on the dates scheduled for their respective faculties.
He said that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, would on April 1, deliver the convocation lecture, titled: Nigeria Rising: The Path to Prosperity.
“We are fully ready and excited that the event will eventually hold,” Ogundipe said.
He continued: “We are going to start the event proper with the lecture to be delivered by one of our own, in the person of the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo.
“We are also expecting Prince Arthur Eze to chair the occasion, just as we are also expecting the Vice President of the Republic of the Gambia, Hon. Ousainou Darboe, an alumnus of the institution.
“This time around, we are going to introduce a new concept to the graduating students at the faculty levels, whereby they will go to their respective faculties ahead of their own convocation, and do what we call hooding.
“For instance, the students of the Faculty of Science will go to the Faculty a day before their scheduled date of their own convocation, and do the hooding ceremony. Same for those in the Faculty of Education, Law, and others,’’ he added.
The don said that the long service award would come up on the last day of the ceremonies. He also explained that he was looking forward to the inauguration of key projects that are nearing completion on the campus by the VP, Osinbajo during the ceremony.
He said; “We also have the new Pharmacy Building and the Faculty of Social Science lecture rooms, the Fire Station and the Library.
“All these are still under construction and they are progressing well, except for the library that we had issues with.
“Some time ago, we experienced a partial collapse of the structure, and from the angle of the contractor, I am not an expert in that field, the project is slow, not as fast as we thought it should be,’’ the vice chancellor added.