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UNICAL 33rd Convocation ceremony and registration guidelines to graduands

On behalf of the management of the University of Calabar, The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Zana Itiunbe Akpagu, cordially invites the general public to her 33rd Convocation Ceremony for the conferment of Diplomas, First Degrees, Higher Degrees and award of Honorary Degrees and prizes to deserving graduands of the University for 2018/2019 academic year.


The Convocation Ceremony is scheduled to hold as follows:

UNICAL 33rd Convocation Ceremony Events and Instructions To Graduands

The Convocation Ceremony has been scheduled to start from Tuesday, 10th March 2020 – Saturday 14th March 2020.
Venue: Abraham Ordia Stadium, UNICAL

UNICAL 33rd Convocation Ceremony Programme of Events

Event: Press Conference by the Vice-Chancellor
Venue: Council Chamber
Time: 9.00 a.m.

Event: Inter-Denominational Service
Venue: Unical International Conference Centre
Time: 10.00 a.m.

1st Event: Research Fair and Exhibitions
Venue: Tennis Court
Time: 10.00 a.m.

2nd Event: Convocation Lecture
Convocation Lecturer: Prof. Anthony Nyong
Director, Climate Change & Green Growth Development African Dev. Bank, Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

Theme: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for Climate Change & Africa’s Sustainable Development.

Venue: Unical International Conference Centre
Time: 2.00 p.m.

3rd Event: Cocktail/ Command Performance
Venue: Chinua Achebe Arts Theatre
Time: 6.00 p.m.

1st Event: Convocation for Diplomas, First Degrees/Induction into Unical Alumni
Venue: Abraham Ordia Stadium
Time: 10.00 a.m.

2nd Event: Luncheon
Venue: Unical Hotel
Time: 4.00 p.m.

3rd Event: Alumni Activities
Venue: Unical Hotel
Time: 7.00 p.m.

1st Event: Commissioning of Projects
Time: 9 a.m.

2nd Event: Convocation for the Award of Higher Degrees/Conferment of Honorary Degrees/Induction into Unical Alumni/Endowment fund launching.
Time: 10.00 a.m.
Venue: Abraham Ordia Stadium

Convocation Registration Guidelines to Graduands

These are the guidelines for the convocation registration. All graduands should adhere strictly to the instructions below

Collection of Gowns for First Degree Graduands

All graduands are required to obtain their convocation gown from their respective Faculty Officers on the payment of a deposit of N4,000.00 (Four Thousand Naira only).

A refund of N1,000.00(Two Thousand Naira) will be made when the gown is returned. Graduands who have not returned their gowns by March 18, 2020, will attract a fine of N1,000.00 (per day).

Guidelines for School of Post Graduate Studies Graduands

1. Outright Purchase of Academic Gowns
(a) Ph.D gowns = N59,500.00 each
(b) Masters gowns = N30,000.00 each

2. The hiring of Academic Gowns
Masters/PGDs gowns = N12,500.00 each
Please note that all academic gowns hired from the Graduate School must be returned within seven (7) days from the date of the convocation. Anyone who fails to adhere to this, will be sanctioned as appropriate.

B. Invitation Cards to Parents/Guardian

The Faculty officer will be issuing two invitation cards to every Graduand. Each Graduand is therefore entitled to two guests only.

C. Procession

The Convocation Procession will adhere strictly to the Keffi Protocol for the conduction of the Convocation.

Graduands should be on robes and, join the procession in their various Faculties. Graduands who are not on their robe will not be allowed into the convocation arena. Photographers will not be allowed to take shots during the procession. All photographs will be taken after the convocation.

D. Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards will be announced during the convocation. Recipients will collect their awards/prize value on presentation of a letter of an award at the University Bursary.

E. Alumni Membership Registration

Graduands will be expected to complete registration forms for alumni membership from their Faculty Officers and pay the membership registration fee.


The School Management looks forward to welcoming all graduands, friends, and well-wishers to her 33rd Convocation Ceremony.

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