University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, will be honouring 172 First Class graduates at its joint convocation and 40th anniversary slated for next Saturday.
Vice Chancellor of UNIMAID, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, while briefing journalists on the lineup of activities ahead of the convocation ceremony, explained that the 172 exceptional students graduated between 2010 and 2015 covering five set of graduands, but would be honoured at a joint convocation covering the time.
Prof Njodi said the university will finally hold its 22nd convocation and 40th anniversary for the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates.
“Summary for the statistics of undergraduate students shows that a total of 37,259 will be graduating. It is gratifying to note that 172 students obtained First Class degrees in the five sets that we are graduating.”
The Postgraduate degree statistics showed that 823 students will be graduating from the school of postgraduate studies. Of this figure, a total of 192 students will receive Doctorate Degree, 1,498 Masters Degrees, while 2,133 will receive Postgraduate Diploma.
362 students are expected to receive certificates, while 6,926 will bag diplomas from the consultancy services, as so far the total number of students who graduated from UNIMAID since its establishment 40 years ago, stands at 101,5141.
Prof Njodi said also that the institution will confer Honorary Doctorate Degrees on three personalities: the former head of state, late Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed, who will be conferred with Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) posthumously during the ceremony.
Others are Prof. Russell Galen Schuh, a renewed linguist from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who would be awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) as well and the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who would be conferred with Doctor of Science, (Honoris Causa).
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele is expected to deliver a convocation lecture on “Managing the Dilemma of Commodity Price Declines in an Oil Dependent Economy.”