The management of the University of Benin, UNIBEN on Monday said that the institution would graduate 282 First Class students from the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Lilian Salami, made the announcement in Benin while reeling out activities for the institution’s 46th and 47th combined convocation ceremonies, 51st Founders’ Day and Golden Jubilee Awards.
Salami expressed delight that the university ran the two sessions in a succession relatively without any hitches, after the COVID-19 lockdown and ASUU strike that grounded academic activities in 2020.
The vice-chancellor said that the two sessions had to be compressed in order to ensure that the students graduated as planned and that no student lost any year.
She said that the graduands included 8,996 from the 2018/2019 session and 8,521 from the 2019/2020 session.
According to her, November 27 will be the climax of the activities with the inauguration of some recently completed projects in the university.
She said the university would on November 22 install Prof James Ayatse, the Tor Tiv in Benue as the new Chancellor of the university.
Besides the 282 first class graduates, the UNIBEN vice-chancellor said five eminent Nigerians, including Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) and Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former Edo Governor, would be conferred with Honorary Doctorate degrees during the programmes.
Salami said her administration recorded various achievements in the areas of academic, Information and Communication Technology, infrastructural development and staff and students welfare, among others.
She urged the media to continue to take positive interest in the university and support all that it was doing to re-write its history.