The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has revealed that it bar graduates without first-class degrees from attending its 36th Convocation starting from October 15, this year, with plans to the ceremony.
This was made known in a statement issued by the University’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, on Sunday in Ilorin.
He said the convocation programme will commence on October 15, with a special Juma’at service at the University Central Mosque by 1.30 p.m.
Akogun added that this would be followed on Oct. 17, with an Interdenominational Church Service at St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy at the Main Campus by 9am.
The director stated that the main events of the ceremony would formally commence on Oct. 18, with the Vice-Chancellor’s Press Briefing at the University’s Auditorium by 10am.
“This will be followed on Oct. 21, by the Convocation Play, entitled ‘Aadoye’ (No secret anywhere – A South African Dance Interpretation) by Steve James, Choreographed by Felix Akinsipe, at the institution’s Performing Arts Theatre at 4 p.m and 6 p.m, respectively.
“This year’s Convocation Lecture comes up on Oct. 22, to be delivered by a distinguished legal luminary, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN), entitled: ‘Tertiary Education and the Future of Nigeria’.
“The grand finale comes up on Saturday, Oct. 23, with the Convocation for the Award of Prizes, First and Postgraduate Degrees and Diplomas from all the 15 Faculties and the Postgraduate,” he said.
He stated that attendance at the main convocation event on Oct. 23, would be restricted to only graduands with 1st Class Degree Honours, Prize winners and Doctoral Awardees.
Akokun stressed that “hence, entry into the Main Auditorium will be strictly by invitation cards”.
Dignitaries expected to grace the event include, President Muhammadu Buhari; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; and the Chancellor of the University, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman.