Convocation: Oladoja emerges LAUTECH overall best graduating student with CGPA 4.86

No fewer than 153 graduands of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) were on Monday graduated with the first class degrees at the ongoing 16th convocation ceremonies of the University for the 2022/2023 Academic Session.

Out of the total number of the graduands which is 8,533, Master Oladoja Israel Ololade from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology distinguished himself as the Overall Best Student of the University with CGPA of 4.86.

According to the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu, LAUTECH continued to run it’s dynamic academic programmes, stressing that the 16th Convocation graduands of the University are products of two separate sessions due to the instability in the academic calendar experienced prior to the 15th convocation last year. There were 4,569 spill-over graduating students of the 2021-2022 session.

Prof Kalilu declared open the weeklong event open on behalf of the Chancellor of the University, His Royal Majesty Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, the Paramount Ruler of Emuoha Kingdom.

The acting Vice Chancellor in his address said, “a total 8,533 graduands will be awarded with first degrees on Monday, April 21, 2024, while 153 graduands out of the total 8,533 are in the first class category, 2,057 graduands out of the total numbers of the graduands graduated in second-class upper category, 2,762 graduands are in the second-class lower category, 828 graduands are in third-class category, 33 graduands are in pass category.”

“For the degree in Medicine and Surgery, there are four graduands in the pass category, while for the Nursing and Science there are 1,545 graduands with credit pass and 154 graduands in pass categories.”

“It is noteworthy that Oladoja Israel Ololade who is graduating with a CGPA of 4.86 from the department of Chemical Engineering with a Faculty of Engineering and Technology is the overall best graduating student and he will be so awarded the prize as we proceed this convocation ceremonies.” Kalilu said.

In his address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of LAUTECH Governing Council, Professor Ayodeji Omole said, “today marks a significant milestone in the lives of our graduands as they transit from students to alumni, on their way to embark on new journeys to conquer new frontiers. Your hard work, dedication and perseverance have brought you to this momentous occasion and we cannot but rejoice with you. You have overcome challenges, embraced opportunities and demonstrated the true spirit of academic excellence and integrity. That is tue reason why you can stand tall today, robbing shoulders with your colleagues to celebrate the outcome of your hard work and perseverance.”

“As you receive your degrees, remember that you are not just graduates of LAUTECH but ambassadors of knowledge, integrity, excellence, service and progress, all that your University stands for, carry the torch of the learning with pride and let your actions speak volumes about the caliber of education you have received.”

“I will like to express my sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to the Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for giving me and other members of the University Governing Council the opportunity to serve in an environment devoid of intimidation or coercion. 

Governor Makinde has given us free hands to navigate affairs of the University to the best of our God given strength and ability. We eternally grateful to you sir, however we still look forward to your continuous financial and other supports for the University.” Omole said.

While speaking with journalists, the overall best graduating student, Master Oladoja Israel Ololade linked his achievement to dedication and commitment to studies. He also thanked God and his parents for the success.

He said, “I give God Almighty the glory for making it possible for me to achieve this great. I also thank my parents for their supports and their prayers over me.”

“I dedicated at least seven hours to person studies and research on daily basis, apart from the daily activities on campus which includes lecturing and other stuffs, I have to shun other social vices that can affect my personal studies as I don’t really like reading during the night but I engaged in personal studies from 8pm to 12 midnight, so I can wake up by 4am to study till 8am or 7:30 before going for lectures, I’m so happy, I never think of becoming the overall best graduating student because I didn’t really do well in my hundred level, but that really made me to put in all my best and I really thank God that at the end everything worked out fine for me.”

“I’m using this opportunity to thank my parents for standing with me and for all their supports and prayers, I really appreciate them, I’m equally using this medium to encourage our students to always focus on their studies,” Israel said.

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