The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale and the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Kingsley Obiora, have advised the post-graduate students of the university to be worthy ambassadors of the institution by making a positive impact on the society.
They gave this advice in their speeches on Tuesday, the second day of the Foundation Day and convocation events of the organization at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The VC asked the graduates to be worthy ambassadors of the institution by making a positive impact.
In his address, the VC said, “These times have crucial messages for all of us. Because as university administrators, we have continued to ask and answer the question; how do we reshape and restructure administration to ease student burdens, ensure maximum productivity and absorb the shock of disruptions?”
“For students and graduates alike, one lesson from this season that should not be lost on you is the power and desirability of resilience. As you move into life outside of school, situations will arise that will require you to call upon your ability to use resilience instead of giving in and giving up. Living and moving forward, most of the time , is crafted only for those who hope for an open door, but are willing to face a closed door if they find one.
“Today, as you graduate, certificates will be awarded in Ibadan to those of you who have merited in character and learning. Character and learning are the two wings on which the graduates of our esteemed university fly.
“I have no doubt that all of you here have passed through the university and you have also allowed the great University of Ibadan to pass through you.”
In his commencement speech, the Deputy Governor of CBN, Dr. Obiora, challenged the graduates to shape their future and seize the opportunities that were presented to them this time.
“To all those who are graduating today, I commend the hard work you have done to get to this point.
“Completing your degree is a wonderful achievement and today you deserve to celebrate this feat; your educational curriculum, the training you’ve done, the so-called fire you’ve gone through (on the way).”