5,227 students of the University of Ibadan (UI) were on Monday awarded First Degree and Diploma at the institution's 74th Foundation Day and Convocation Ceremonies in Ibadan.
Prof. Kayode Adebowale, UI's Vice-Chancellor, exhorted the graduating students to make do with the values acquired in the institution.
“We live in a season of amazing paradoxes. Global wealth is rising, but global poverty is also rising.
“There are more billionaires in the world today than the world ever had, but there are also more people living in poverty today than was ever the case.
“You are leaving this venue today to walk into that paradox.
“I assure you that if you hold on to the values that you acquired here, the values of hard work, diligence, honesty and transparency, you will walk into the door of prosperity.
“It will take creativity, courage, being technologically savvy and enterprising.
"But you came this far because you cherished those skills and values. Keep on going higher,” Adebowale said.
The VC who quoted Nora Ephron said: ‘Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.
“Now, the dress rehearsal is over. Get on the real stage and do great things in the life that is yours to lead.”
Adebowale expressed his delight in the university's position among Nigeria’s top three universities in the country for 2023.
He acknowledged the intervention of the institution's alumni and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) while highlighting the achievements of the institution under his administration.
"One of the biggest challenges the university has had to contend with over the years is gross underfunding.
“Being a public institution, the main source of funding is the government which, owing to the prevailing hostile economic environment, has increasingly been unable to cater for much of our financial needs.
“However, the university continues to thrive with a great ray of hope that better days are ahead,” Adebowale said.