The University of Ilorin says that 36 of the graduating class of 2012 made First Class Honours degrees.
The Vice Chancellor, Is-haq Oloyede, said in Ilorin on Monday that 5, 383 persons graduated in various disciplines in the 2011/2012 academic session.
Mr. Oloyede, a professor of Islamic Studies, said the Senate approved 4, 686 first degrees and 679 post- graduate degrees as well as 18 diplomas from the Institute of Education.
He said a breakdown of the result showed that 871 students passed in second class upper division; 2, 297 had second class lower division; 1, 120 passed in third class; while 287 had ordinary pass degrees.
Mr. Oloyede said the Faculty of Science recorded 11 first class graduates, while the Faculty of Agriculture and Business and Social Sciences produced seven first class graduates each.
Mr. Oloyede denied that he planned to hold a ‘special convocation’ to enable him to preside over the graduation ceremony before the end of his tenure.
He said: “as a matter of tradition, the university does not celebrate individuals but collective achievements.
“Whoever is the new vice-chancellor, no matter how new he is on the seat, would statutorily preside over the convocation ceremonies,” the Vice-chancellor said.
He urged members of the university community to cooperate with the Vice- Chancellor-designate, Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, and other principal officers.
He urged staff and students to always have a positive disposition toward the institution so that it would continue to excel among other institutions.