The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is set to hold its 50th convocation ceremony for the 2019/2020 academic session. During a press briefing to flag off the convocation programmes, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Igwe, announced that a total of 14,308 bachelor’s degrees would be awarded, with 246 of them being first class honours degrees.
Additionally, 2,482 postgraduate degrees would also be awarded to deserving graduands.
The convocation lecture titled ‘Purpose-driven and Value-driven Education’ will be delivered by Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike, and former President of the National Academy of Science, Professor Kalu Onuoha, will chair the event. The commencement speech will be delivered by Chief (Dr) Obinna Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana.
The VC revealed that the award of First Degrees and Diplomas of the University is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2023 while the award of Higher Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Honorary Doctorate Degrees of the University will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2023. Both graduation ceremonies will take place at the Convocation Hall at the Nsukka Campus of the University.
“Breakdown of Results: A breakdown of the degrees that would be awarded at the 50th Convocation Ceremonies are as follows:
“First, a total of 14,308 Bachelor’s degrees of the University of Nigeria will be awarded at the 50th convocation. I am proud to announce that a total of 246 of these graduands have bagged the First Class Honours degrees of the University. Similarly, the Second Class Honours (upper division) degrees will be awarded to 5,092graduands, while the Second Class Honours (lower division) degrees will be awarded to 7,865 graduands. Similarly, 1,088 graduands will be awarded the Third Class degree while 17 persons will earn a Pass degree.
“A total of 96 Diplomas of the University will also be awarded at the convocation. This is made up of five distinctions, 52 merits, 37credits and 2 passes.
“On Saturday, March 25th, 2023, a total of 2,482 Postgraduate degrees of the University will be awarded to deserving graduands. A total of 618 persons will be awarded the Doctorate Degree of the University, while 1,690 graduands will earn Master’s degree in various disciplines. Similarly, the Postgraduate Diploma of the University will also be awarded to 174 persons. For the records, the figures represent significant improvements in the numbers graduated at the 49th convocation of the University,” the VC said.
During the ceremony, four eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and services to humanity will be conferred with honorary doctorate degrees.
Justice Mary Odili will receive the Doctor of Law, Obiora Fubara Okoroafo and Ebenezer Onyeagwu will receive the Doctor of Business Administration, while Emmanuel Uduaghan will receive the Doctor of Public Administration.
Overall, the ceremony will be a celebration of the academic achievements of UNN graduands and a recognition of excellence in various fields of human endeavor.