Incoming students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, have been Charged to take advantage of their admission to become leaders, problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs that will positively impact their society.
The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, stated this at the Matriculation Ceremony for the 5, 305 new students admitted for the 2017/2018 session.
Prof. Ajibefun told the matriculating students to consider themselves lucky to be among the 18.10 percent chosen from the over 29, 307 candidates who picked AAUA as first choice, pointing out that only a negligible percentage of students seeking admission to universities in the country get admitted at the end of every year.
He said, “A university is a destination for knowledge seekers, potential leaders, thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs who are intent on gaining knowledge with a view to turning their societies around, impacting humanity and making the world a better place.
“A matriculation ceremony is, therefore, an occasion for making these potential leaders to swear to an Oath and to formally admit them into this enviable class. Membership of this class is for a privileged few who the society looks up to for impact, direction and leadership. This is because the university, like leadership, is composed of a few who give direction for the teeming population to follow.
“It is not therefore a surprise that, every year, the number of candidates given university admission worldwide is small in comparison to admission seekers. Of the over 20, 000 candidates that applied to Adekunle Ajasin University this year for instance, only 5, 305, representing about 18.10 per cent were admitted”.
“Belonging to this privileged few is an opportunity that you should guard jealously by concentrating on your studies and avoiding acts that can rob you of your dream.”
The Vice Chancellor assured the new students of the quality and track records of the Institution. He listed the distinguishing factors of the University to include its merit-driven admission policy, quality and award-winning staff, relevant infrastructures and a conducive environment that drives research and learning.
Prof Ajibefun also itemised the feats and milestones achieved by the university’s products in national and international exams and competitions in various walks of life, including the Nigerian Law School, the Commonwealth and the Olympic Games.
Speaking further, Prof. Ajibefun said, “Distinguished fresh students, this is the university to which you have been admitted. Your admission offers you an opportunity to study in an excellent learning environment, achieve distinction, exude leadership and generally unleash your potential to a world waiting for your impact and eager to admit you to its Hall of Fame.
“As you are all aware, achieving the above is not a piece of cake. It is about burning the midnight oil and being faithful to your Matriculating Oath, which is your pact with the University and a barometer for measuring your standing while your studentship lasts.
“I, therefore, urge you to imbibe, in your journey through the University, the nuggets of hard work, discipline, diligence and character, which have earned your university and predecessors multiple laurels.”
He counselled the new students to shun criminal acts such as examination misconduct, cultism, rape, internet fraud and other vices capable of robbing them of their studentship. He also disclosed that the institution has sufficient instruments to fish out erring students and dealing with them in accordance to the rules of the University.
The Registrar later administered the Matriculation Oath on the new students and led them to pledge to shun vices and strictly abide by the rules and laws governing the University.
Several important guests witnessed the ceremony including the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, and a UNESCO ambassador and visiting don from Brussels, Dr. Ino Mirkovic.
Also present were Principal Officers of the Institution, including the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige; Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun; Bursar, O. V. Ologun, FCA; University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi; Deans of Faculty and other senior officers of the University, as well as parents and guardians of the matriculating students.