Twenty-four-year-old Arowosegbe from Awe, Oyo State, who obtained a first class degree in Biochemistry, beat over 17, 000 candidates the university produced in the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions. Six other graduating students also obtained first class degrees from the institution.
More interesting is the fact that Michael is the son of a contract security staff, attached to the school’s Campus Marshall. He also won the best faculty graduating student award and the provost’s award for the best graduating student for his exceptional performance.
The valedictorian, who held the audience enthralled with his tortuous life journey, narrated how he helplessly watched a students’ protest on campus in 2011, where his father was stoned but could not cry.
Adebirigbe was quite appreciative of his father’s role in his life whom he described as his source of strength. He said many of his friends and colleagues never knew his father was once a contract staff, attached to LASU Campus Marshall.
He also narrated a major accident his father had on November 9, 2012, at the school premises, which changed his life and left his limbs immobile initially. Although, he is currently recuperating.
While on duty on campus, his father had an accident on a bike, where he hit his head and back against the university gate. However, Adebirigbe remained undeterred by these setbacks and his dad’s inability to get succour from appropriate authorities at the time of the bike accident.
The Valedictorian disclosed that his choice to study biochemistry in LASU was just to fulfill all righteousness and to please his father, nevertheless today he is proud of where that choice has brought him.
Michael said he reluctantly chose LASU as a second choice in the 2011 UTME examination and almost ignored the post UTME that year because he had already written that of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, where he scored 278, with the hope to study medicine and surgery.
Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, gave a break-down of the graduands as 6, 241 graduands from full time programme with seven students making first class, 1,040 made second class upper and 3,271 came out with second class lower, adding that 1,575 made third class and 206 with pass degrees.