Speaking at the 2013/2014 Matriculation Ceremony for fresh students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Rahman Bello, on Friday 4th of March 2014 challenged matriculating students to distinguish themselves in their various academics so as to enjoy the institution’s motivational package for scholars.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 6,488 new students were administered the matriculation oath by the Vice-chancellor.
He noted that 32,764 candidates applied for admission into the 50 year-old institution, urging the lucky ones to see their admission as not only noble, but glorious.
“You therefore must have the goal to acquire academic excellence for which this university is reputed.
“I wish to encourage you all to work hard and distinguish yourselves in your academics as our university has a motivational package for distinguished students on Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.50 and above.
“Included in the package are a scholarship of N50,000, provision of accommodation in choice hall, 50 per cent discount on bed space and nomination to participate in seminars and conferences nationally and internationally.
“You shall also be entitled to participate in recruitment tests in the final year, nomination for scholarship from external bodies on the request from organisations as well as selection as guest speaker at orientation programmes to motivate fresh students,” he said.
According to Professor Rahman Bello, the package was not only attractive, but equally inspiring. He admonished the students that the journey required determination diligence, focus and resilience.
The Vice-chancellor, who gave a breakdown of the number of admitted students, said that 728 were in the Faculty of Arts and 940 in the Faculty of Business Administration.
He said that 1,036, 592 and 398 were admitted into the Faculties of Education, Engineering and Environmental Sciences respectively.
Professor Bello also stated that 289 students were admitted into the Faculty of Law, while 1020, 747 and 177 went into the Faculties of Science, Social Sciences and Pharmacy respectively, while the College of Medicine has 561 new intakes.