The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, will on Friday graduate 10,317 students and conferred first class honours on 105 graduands and 112 doctorate degrees on Post graduates students at its 13th convocation ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Adeniyi Gbadegesin disclosed this while addressing journalists at press conference held at the newly built TETFUND hall, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, on Wednesday.
Gbadegin disclosed that this year’s convocation ceremony commenced on April 15 and will end on Saturday April 23, with the university conferring honours on a total of 10,317 first degrees on persons for the award of degrees in both 2013/2014 and 2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions.
According to him, 105 make first class honours; 50 student’s in 2013/14 and 55 students in 2014/15 academic sessions, while for the first time LAUTECH crossed the 100 landmark for doctorate degrees with 112 students for Ph.D.
Other categories Gbadegesin said includes; 2,434 students in the second class upper division, 5,527 students in Second class Lower Division, 1,692 in the Third Class Division, 122 in the Third Class Division and 437 in the unclassified category.
The university don also disclosed that Ige Olufemi Elijah of the Department of Mathematics and Sanni Saidat Abidemi of the department of Statistics emerged best graduating students for 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 respectively.
Ige emerged with 4.85 Cumulative Grade Point of Average (CGPA), while Saidat emerged over all best student of the institution this session with 4.88 CGPA.
Furthermore, the institution will also graduates a total of 14,349 individuals in postgraduates degrees on Saturday, April 23.
On Thursday, April 21, the institution will hold its Convocation titled “Maintaining quality University of Technology in the 21st century: Leveraging globalisation, sustainability and technology” by an erudite Professor and Dean of the College of Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA, Professor Abel Femi Adekola.
He promised that the institution will not rest on its oars, that LAUTECH is not just creating the best in academics but the very best in our chosen specialisation of thinking for our nation.
“As a University of Technology, the onus is on us to continue to develop ideas and systems that would steadily propel the country to greatness to such an extent that we will become self sustaining in food production, technological advancement and whatever other thing that enlists us among the comity of developed countries of the world.
“More than anything else, we are believers in the “can do right” and are emboldened to rededicate ourselves to further drive the vision that will re-position our University as ‘primus inter pares’.”
Gbadegesin further informed that the university has also “sought and got the approval of the National University Commission (NUC) for a licence for the Opena nd Distance Learning. The NUC, having been convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the University has the capacity to run the programme, granted the approval to enable us run Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) programme in computer science through Open and Distance Learning while approval for other degree programme is being processed.”