The University of Benin will on Wednesday graduate a total of 19,472 students out of which 118 will graduate with First Class honours.
The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the institution, Osayuki Oshodin, a professor, who disclosed this in a valedictory briefing on Tuesday, said the graduands also include certificate and diploma holders.
The VC, who used the opportunity to introduce the in-coming Vice Chancellor, Faraday Orumwense, to the media, said the university would be graduating students for both the 2011/2012 academic session and those of the 2012/2013 academic session.
He said the 2011/2012 graduation ceremony was not held because of the long strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
“You can see that we are combining two sessions, the reason for this is that last year, we could not hold our convocation because of the nationwide strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities,” Mr. Oshodin said.
“For the 2011/2012 session, a total of 10, 735 students would be graduated. They are made up of 103 Doctorate Degree (Ph.D), 1933 Masters, 8, 237 Undergraduate Degree and 462 Undergraduate Diploma.
“For the 2012/2013 session, a total of 8, 737 students would be graduated; made up of 27 Doctorate Degree (Ph.D), 449 Masters, 40 Post-graduate Diploma; 7, 839 Undergraduate Degree, and 382
The VC said the institution would confer honorary doctorate degree on four Nigerians while two professors would be conferred with professor emeritus.
Those to be conferred with doctorate degree are Sam Igbe, Matthew Okpebholo, the Chairman of the UBA Board of Directors, Tony Elumelu and a former senator, Daisy Danjuma.
R. O. Ofoegbu and T. O. K. Audu would be conferred with professor emeritus of the school.
On his tenure, Mr. Oshodin, said he was fulfilled both as an individual and as a corporate office administrator.
“This year’s convocation can be described as a valedictory one for me, since this is the last I will be presiding as Vice Chancellor,” the VC said.
“There is no doubt that the modest achievements of my administration since its inception in November, 2009 have been captured in various publications, permit me to use this medium to do a little summary of our developmental strides.”