The acting Vice-Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Prof Smaranda Olarinde, on Monday said 125 First Class degree holders are among the 1,415 graduands of the institution.
Olarinde said the graduands included 1306 undergraduate students comprising 125 First Class, 563 Second Class Upper, 473 Second Class Lower and 60 Third Class degrees and 109 postgraduate students.
The VC, who spoke during a pre-convocation press briefing in Ado Ekiti, said the university would also during the 9th convocation ceremonies, scheduled to hold on Sunday confer honorary degrees on four eminent Nigerians.
According to her, while Doctor of Letters will be conferred on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe; and Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum; while Doctor of Law degrees will be bestowed on the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
Olarinde said, “In just 12 years of existence, our university has won several national and international awards and recognitions for excellence in teaching, research, innovation and impact in the life of the larger society through our community development efforts”.
She said the Executive Director of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, would deliver the convocation lecture titled, ‘University as a catalyst for regional economic development’ at the occasion, which she said would be chaired by the Minister of State for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.