Benin, Nov. 14, 2017 (TNE) The University of Benin (UNIBEN) says no fewer than 9,993 graduands would be awarded various diplomas and degrees at the school’s forthcoming 43rd convocation ceremony on Nov. 24.
The UNIBEN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, said this on Tuesday in Benin while briefing newsmen on activities lined up for the convocation and the 47th Founders’ Day celebration.
Orumwense said that of the figure, 100 would be awarded first class, 1,843 second class upper and 4,607 second class lower degrees.
He said other classes of degrees to be awarded are 1,351 third class, 188 diplomas, two certificates, 527 unclassified and 152 postgraduate diplomas.
One of the graduands will receive an Aegrotat degree, which, in some universities, is a medical certificate or a degree or credit awarded when illness has prevented a student from taking examinations.
“A total of 1,120 would be awarded masters’ degrees and 102 awarded doctorate degrees.
“The four-day event will include project inauguration, as well as the conferment of honorary degrees on three distinguished personalities,’’ the vice-chancellor said.
The personalities to be conferred with honorary degrees, he said, included Prof. Grace Alele-Williams and Dr George Agbonlahor.
Orunmwense said that Prof Louis Ojogwu, a senior professor of the institution, would be conferred with the title of Professor Emeritus.
The vice-chancellor said that the institution had taken giant strides from the period between the last convocation in 2016 and now.
He said the achievements are in the area of infrastructure development and renewal, adding that it also signed Memorandum of Understanding agreements with some companies in the area of academic research.