Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria recently held her 16th Orientation/Matriculation ceremony. An orientation program that sensitized students on effective use of library, course registration, proper modes of dressing/grooming, fees payment, the need to make good choice of friends, and to avoid vices like alcohol and drug abuse took place. On the second day of the programme, invited guests took their sits and the academic procession consisting of The Vice-Chancellor, Acting Registrar and other Principal Officers of the University arrived and were seated. Thereafter, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe, constituted the Assembly as a congregation of Western Delta University for the 16th Matriculation of the undergraduate students in the 2022/2023 academic session.
Members of Academic Procession were introduced one at a time. This was followed by administration of matriculation oath. All matriculating students from the Colleges of Applied Health Sciences, Computing, Law, Natural and Applied Sciences as well as Social and Management Sciences respectively took the matriculation oath. Two students from each College symbolically signed the matriculation oath. Following that, The Vice-Chancellor was invited to present his address.
In his address, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe said that the University environment is a place for building character, acquiring knowledge that will in turn assist students to build competence for advancement and informed the matriculating students that the University also disciplines students to the correct degree. He highlighted the current gains so far recorded by the present administration of the institution, which includes but is not limited to: student’s assessment of Lecturers in a confidential manner, conference marking of examination scripts, introduction of mid semester test, timely release of examination results, construction of a cafeteria, amusement park, clinic, provision of specialized College library services, active free internet wifi system and a computer room dedicated for Lecturer’s research activities.
Prof. Ikelegbe informed the audience that three hundred and forty (340) students matriculated into various programmes of the Institution and urged the undergraduates to see the university as a place to build networks, collaborate and nurture ideas. He said Western Delta University wishes to groom active young minds who are creative, innovative, men and women who will make a difference in the world, students who will harness ideals, take responsibilities, add value to their environment and proffer solutions to societal problems. He opined that there is no short cut to academic success and admonished the students to be hardworking, committed to studies and perform assignments as and when due. He encouraged them to deepen knowledge in their fields of study, acquire practical skills so as to have a competitive edge over their counterparts after graduation. He admonished the students to study the University’s handbook and abide by the rules and regulations of the Institution.
The event had in attendance staff, students, parents, friends and well wishers.
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