AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, PROFESSOR OLAYEMI AKINWUMI ON THE OCCASION OF 2022/2023 MATRICULATION CEREMONY OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY ON TUESDAY, 27TH JUNE, 2023 AT THE UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM, COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES, ADANKOLO CAMPUS
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Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
I stand before you today on this auspicious occasion of the matriculation ceremony, a significant milestone in your academic journey as fresh students of Federal University Lokoja. With great joy and pride, I extend my warmest welcome to each and every one of you. Today marks the beginning of a transformative chapter in your lives, and I assure you that the Federal University Lokoja community is here to support and guide you every step of the way.
The record before me shows that a total number of 4,347 students are matriculating for the 2022/2023 academic session across six (6) faculties including College of Health Sciences.
Matriculation, my dear students, holds a profound purpose. It is a symbolic event that formally marks your induction into the University family. It signifies your commitment to academic excellence, personal growth, and the pursuit of knowledge. As you take the matriculation oath today, you are embracing the values and ethos of Federal University Lokoja, and I encourage you to cherish this moment as a turning point in your lives.
At Federal University Lokoja, our mission is to provide quality education, foster critical thinking, and produce well-rounded graduates who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to contribute meaningfully to society. Our vision is to be the best among the nine newly established federal universities in Nigeria in 2011 and one of the top ten universities in Africa. We aspire to become a world-class University recognized for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. These guiding principles serve as our compass, driving us towards academic innovation, social responsibility, and transformative impact.
As you embark on this exciting journey, I urge you to take your lectures seriously. Attend classes regularly, actively engage with your lecturers, and seek clarification whenever necessary. Your lectures are the foundation upon which your academic success is built. They provide you with the necessary knowledge, insights, and skills to navigate the challenges of your chosen field. Embrace the opportunities to learn, question, and expand intellectual horizons.
Furthermore, I implore you to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the University. Respect the code of conduct, honour academic integrity, and treat your fellow students, faculty, and staff members with dignity and kindness. Remember that discipline and ethical behavior form the bedrock of a thriving academic community. Federal University Lokoja upholds these values and expects every student to do the same.
In addition to your academic pursuits, I encourage you to explore the rich array of extracurricular activities and student organizations available on campus. Engage in sports, cultural events, clubs, and societies that align with your interests and passions. These experiences will not only foster personal growth but also provide you with invaluable opportunities for networking, leadership development, and holistic development.
Dear students, I understand that transitioning to University life can be both exciting and challenging. I want to assure you that our dedicated faculty and staff are here to support you. Do not hesitate to seek guidance, assistance, or mentorship whenever you need it. Your success is our collective responsibility, and we are committed to providing you with a nurturing and inclusive environment in which you can thrive.
In conclusion, dear students, Federal University Lokoja welcomes you with open arms and boundless opportunities. Make the most of your time here, for it is a time of self-discovery, personal growth, and the acquisition of knowledge. Embrace the purpose and significance of this matriculation ceremony. Strive for excellence, lead with integrity, and the agents of positive change in society.
I congratulate you on your matriculation, and I look forward to witnessing your remarkable achievements and contributions as you journey through Federal University Lokoja.
Once again, you are welcome and I wish you happy stay in Federal University Lokoja, the Confluence City.
Professor Olayemi Akinwumi
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Group pictures of the matriculating students with the Vice-Chancellor
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