Western Delta University, situated in Oghara, Delta State, proudly hosted its combined Convocation Ceremony for the academic years 2020/2021, 2021/2022, and 2022/2023 on December 2, 2023. The event was marked by esteemed guests, academic achievements, and a celebration of the university's commitment to excellence.
1. Presentation of the Visitor
The ceremony commenced with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe, presenting the Visitor, His Excellency, Chief James Onanefe Ibori. This symbolic introduction set the stage for the convocation festivities.
2. Declaration by the Chancellor
His Excellency, Obong Victor Attah, the Chancellor, declared the convocation ceremony officially open. His declaration resonated with the importance of the occasion and set the tone for the events that followed.
3. Chancellor's Address
In his address, Chancellor Obong Victor Attah highlighted the significance of the combined convocation ceremony. He emphasized that it would encompass the conferment of higher and first degrees, diplomas, honorary degrees, and awards of prizes. The Chancellor underscored the critical role of quality human resources in shaping a nation's future.
4. Vice Chancellor's Vision for Excellence
Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe, the Vice Chancellor, shared the university's vision for excellence in knowledge, research, and training within affordable limits. He expressed the institution's commitment to innovation, engagement, and the development of great minds.
5. Pro Chancellor's Gratitude
Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, the Pro Chancellor, expressed gratitude to the benefactors of the university who have contributed through generous endowments. He appealed to all advocates of education to continue supporting Western Delta University.
6. Convocation Lecture
Prof. Anthonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbine, Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, delivered a thought-provoking convocation lecture on "Towards A People-Centered Governance Process in Nigeria: The Role of The Youths." She emphasized the challenges faced by Nigerian youth and urged them to play a crucial role in advocating for social justice, innovation, and political participation.
7. Academic Achievements
A total of 426 students were awarded first degrees, with 18 graduating with first-class honors. The university also celebrated its first set of postgraduate graduands, including four Postgraduate Diplomas and 14 Master of Science Degrees.
8. Honorary Doctorate Degrees
The university conferred Honorary Doctorate degrees on notable individuals, including Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. (Mrs.) Ajoritsedere Awosika, Mrs. Oritsedere Otubu, and Mr. Igho Okotete.
9. Cultural Performances and Recognition
The Western Delta University Choir graced the occasion with scintillating performances. Prizes were awarded to deserving students, and remarks were made by Deputy Governor of Edo State, His Excellency Hon. Philips Shaibu, and Hon. Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, Member of the House of Representatives.
10. Alumni Induction and Concluding Remarks
Graduands were officially inducted into the University Alumni Association, marking their transition to the next phase of their journey. The concluding remarks were delivered by His Excellency, Chief James Ibori, expressing gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the event.
The convocation ceremony was graced by eminent traditional rulers, members of the House of Representatives, journalists, representatives of Vice Chancellors from other Nigerian Universities, university staff, graduands, parents, friends, and well-wishers.
Western Delta University celebrates the achievements of its graduates and looks forward to continued excellence in education, research, and community engagement.