Eighty-one students with first-class degrees are among the 925 graduands to be conferred with first degrees at the 12th convocation ceremony of the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State.
The profile of the First Class graduates shows that 50 were from the Top-Up Direct Entry programmes and 31 from the regular students’ cadre.
Prof. Jeremiah Ojerinde, Bells Vice-Chancellor disclosed this on Wednesday during a press conference to announce programmes and activities lined up for the institution’s 12th convocation scheduled for Friday 9th and Saturday 10th April 2021.
Besides, Ojerinde said the maiden Doctorate graduates of the university would be unveiled alongside 99 other postgraduate degree holders.
He gave the breakdown of other classes of graduates as follows: Second Class Upper 550; Second Class Lower 336 and 58 in the Third Class Honours cadre from four colleges.
The VC disclosed that pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemers University, Ede, Professor Tomori Oyewale is expected to deliver the convocation lecture with the theme: “Nigeria and COVID-19: Impact on Education, Technology and Human Development” on Friday 8th April at the University main auditorium, saying that the event would also feature the installation of the third Chancellor and conferment of honorary degrees on notable Nigerians.
Giving accounts of other administrative strides made by the management of the institution during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof Ojerinde said the University did not cancel any session but weathered the storm and survived the scourge brought by the deadly disease.
“The scourge of COVID-19 brought with it such widespread fears of the unknown and uncertainty that all responsible institutions and organizations had to dig deep, for avenues of, first, survival and secondly, mitigating against the onslaught, while at the same time bring hope and succour to the various segments of the community and society, where we are.
“The period brought out both the good and not-so-good sides of us all.
Ojerinde, who lauded the support the institution had been enjoying from the Proprietor, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, disclosed that several platforms were deployed to keep the students occupied with academics, take care of their learning experiences while at home and keep to the academic calendar.
He added: “After a few teething hitches, the platforms worked smoothly and the second-semester examination was successfully held online.”
Ojerinde commended faculty and other staff at the institution, especially the Quality Assurance Unit that engaged other Units to ensure and sustain the standard, saying the committee gave birth to a QA Unit to oversee the totality of all programmes.