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Convocation: 11,681 bag UNN graduate, post graduate certificates

Convocation: 11,681 bag UNN graduate, post graduate certificates - UNN, the vice chancellor, the university, post graduate, had second class, graduate, convocation

By Uzoh Ugwueze, Jude Chinedu & Patrick Egwu, Enugu

About 11,681 students of of Nigeria, Nsukka () in Enugu state will be awarded with various degrees during the 48th convo­cation of sched­uled to hold on Dec.1.

of the institution, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba revealed this at a pre- press briefing at the Enugu campus of the in­stitution on Monday.

Prof. Ozumba gave the cat­egories of the graduates to include 9,702 first degree, di­ploma and certificates. A break­down of the figure shows that 173 graduands bagged First Class graduates, while 3,725 ,(upper di­vision), and 4,123 (lower division). About 1,306 had 3rd class and 76 graduands had Pass. Others also include 253 Unclassified and 46 Diploma graduates.

Ozumba said that the univer­sity also produced 1,979 post Degrees, Diplomas, Master Degrees with over 400 Ph.D at the 48th . “I am glad to announce to you that the University will release a total of 11,681 graduates at the , 9,702 of them will be conferred with 1st de­grees, Diploma and certificate.

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“1,979 graduates who will re­ceive postgraduate Diplomas, Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy Degree as a clear evidence to prioritise quality research and academic excel­lence in our University.

“Let me place on record that our University will award over 400 Ph.D degrees at the 48th convocation. This is an unprec­edented record in the number of Ph.D degrees ever awarded by a university in a single con­vocation”, Ozumba disclosed.

said that three eminent Nigerians who had contributed to the devel­opment of the society would be awarded honorary Doctorate Degrees. “As our tradition de­mands, the university will con­fer Honorary Doctorate Degree on some eminent Nigerians, including Herbert Onyewum­bu Wigwe, MD/CEO Access Bank, Dr. (Sir) Daniel Nwan­neka Chukwudozie, MD Dozzy Group and Reginald Chika Stanley”, he said.

Ozumba used the occasion to showcase the achievements in his five-year tenure which include; UNESCO category 11, Biotechnology building at Nsukka campus, Faculty of So­cial Science building, Nsukka Campus, Faculty of Pharma­cy building, Nsukka Campus, NLNG Engineering Laboratory building, Nsukka Campus.

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Others are renovated Lady Ibiam Hostel, Enugu Campus, Arthur Mbanefo ICAN Lecture Theatre, Enugu Campus, The University Main Gate, Enugu Campus, newly built hostel at the College of Medicine, Ituku Ozalla.

He disclosed that the uni­versity would confer the title of Professor Emeritus on Prof Uche Azikiwe and 10 other re­nowned professors of the uni­versity who had served the in­stitution meritoriously and are still making valuable contribu­tions to the body of knowledge.

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