Utuoke Varsity to convocate 1121 students, 72 bag First Class

The Federal University of Otuoke (FUO), Bayelsa State, will on Saturday graduate 1121 students, with 72 of them bagging First Class degrees.

Prof. Seth Accra-Jaja, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, disclosed this at a news conference yesterday as part of programmes to mark the maiden convocation ceremony of the institution.

Prof. Accra-Jaja said out of the 1121 graduates, 72 would be awarded first-class, 462-second class upper, 503-second class lower and 84 third class degrees during the ceremony holding at the university on the 20th September 2019.

“In the undergraduate category, a total of 1121 students would be convocating. The ceremony would be a combined convocation of students that graduated during the last three academic sessions of the university.

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“The convocation was delayed because of the death of the Chancellor of the institution in 2015. After we scaled through the huddle of having a new Chancellor, other issues like strike action by staff also contributed to further delay. But today here we are, ready to have the maiden convocation ceremony of the university.

“Out of the figure, 72 graduands will receive the First Class Honours, 462 Second Class Upper Division, 503 Second Class Lower Division while 84 will receive the gentleman degree, Third Class degrees.

The vice chancellor said the graduating students were drawn from 28 programs under the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Management Sciences, et al.

He said that since he took office, 16 programmes had been introduced and approved by the NUC with the focus of making FUO a world-class university in academics, research and development.

He said that students and lecturers now take attendance to class and other academic work seriously due to stringent measures put in place and a cordial relationship that exists between them in the university

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