No fewer than Thirty-three (33) students of Wesley University in Ondo, Ondo state obtained first class honours out of the Five hundred and twenty-five awarded first degrees at the school on Wednesday 28th November, 2018. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Sunday NdubuezeUkachukwu, disclosed this at the combined 5th, 6th and 7th convocation ceremony of the Institution. The event involved graduates of the 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic sessions. The Vice-Chancellor said, “Of the total number, 33 bagged first class honours, 211 second class (upper division), 223 second class (lower division), and 56 third class while 2 had pass degrees.” He gave the breakdown of the graduands to include 214 for 2016, 149 for 2017 and 162 for 2018. Ukachukwu said the National Universities Commission had accredited three more programmes of the institution, saying the school was striving more for the NUC to accredit more.

In his statement “All our 21 programmes in the university are accredited. We are working very hard to add more relevant new programmes with the intent of ensuring that they reflect the realities of times.” On challenges of the institution, Prof Ukachukwu listed poor student enrolment and poor funding. He said Wesley “University is not second class university to any other one. Rather, it is one you can be proud of and you can also help to build to any standard of expectation.”

According to him, Ondo is a peaceful City, saying the people are not only peace-loving, but have unequalled commitment to education, that the success story of Ondo City no doubt robs off on the institution. He acknowledged the fact that there is evidence of new commitment on the part of the institution and students. The Vice-Chancellor therefore urged all stakeholders not to give up on the University, saying it is indeed heartwarming that the University is methodically surmounting some of the known challenges that had dotted its path in the earlier years.

The Chancellor of the University, the Osemawe and Paramount Ruler of Ondo Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Victor AdesimboKiladejo II enjoined the graduands to see themselves as overcomers, people who have been prepared and positioned to make their mark in the larger society, adding that the graduands are fully equipped with the knowledge and skill requisite to their success in life. He further urged them not to see this moment as the end of their academic pursuit, adding that the world is changing fast and they cannot afford to rest on their oars rather to improve themselves, either through further studies, or acquisition of additional skills. He urged all stakeholders to continue to assist the University to enable it totally to overcome its challenges.

On his part, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the University, Sir AdemolaAladekomo implored the graduands to have continued interest in the affairs of the University and join hands with other stakeholders in making it one of the best in the world.