By Uzoh Ugwueze, Jude Chinedu & Patrick Egwu, Enugu
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 had Second Class,(upper division), and 4,123 had Second Class (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 graduate Degrees, Diplomas, Master Degrees with over 400 Ph.D at the 48th convocation. “I am glad to announce to you that the University will release a total of 11,681 graduates at the convocation, 9,702 of them will be conferred with 1st degrees, Diploma and certificate.
“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.
The vice chancellor 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.
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.