At the 51st Convocation of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) coming up on Saturday 25 November 2023, 288 students are set to graduate with first-class degrees, according to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Igwe.
The total number of degrees to be awarded is 11,444, including 4,853 second-class upper division, 5,077 second-class lower division, 653 third-class, seven passes, and 616 unclassified degrees. The unclassified degrees are given for courses like medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
Additionally, 67 diplomas will be awarded, with seven distinctions, 35 credits, 22 merits, and three passes. A total of 1,451 postgraduate degrees and diplomas will also be conferred, including 479 doctorate degrees and 884 master’s degrees. The convocation will also honour four notable Nigerians with honorary doctorate degrees, including the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank PLC, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, and former Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonnaya Onovo.
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The University will also elevate seven retired professors to the distinguished status of Professor Emeritus, recognizing their contributions. Prof. Igwe highlighted the university’s progress in academic output, staff promotion, infrastructural development, and research grants. The Centre for Environmental Management and Control (CEMAC) has been upgraded to a Joint NNPC/SPDC Joint Venture Centre of Excellence in Environmental Management and Green Energy (CEMAGE). Prof. Igwe expressed gratitude for the support from joint venture partners, Shell Petroleum Company, and the NNPC.
He also mentioned a recent NCC-endowed Professorial chair in telecommunications, valued at N30 million, emphasizing its positive impact on research and innovation at the university. Prof. Igwe concluded by thanking the Federal Government, friends, and alumni for their continued support and generosity. The 51st convocation is scheduled to take place on Saturday at the UNN.