One hundred and sixty students from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) will graduate with First Class degrees during the institution’s 32nd convocation, which will takes place on November 26 and 27.
Prof. Joseph Fuwape, Vice-Chancellor of FUTA, revealed this at a news conference on Friday in Akure, ahead of the university’s next convocation and 40th anniversary.
According to Fuwape, who was represented by the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Phillip Oguntunde, 3,205 of the institution’s 5,114 graduates are undergraduates, while 1,909 are post-graduates.
According to him, 1,334 students received Second Class Honours (Upper Division), 1,483 received Second Class Honours (Lower Division), and 222 and six students received Third Class and Pass, respectively.
Miss Taiwo Oluyale of the Department of Building is the best graduating student, according to the vice-chancellor, with a CGPA of 4.89.
According to him, the university, which began with 149 students and three schools in 1981, today has 25,000 students, nine schools, a postgraduate studies school, and 55 departments.
With the start of lecture by the pioneering students of the College of Health Sciences on Oct. 24, Fuwape noted that FUTA’s medical program had officially begun.
He went on to say that the institution had sufficiently justified its presence, saying that it had contributed to the development of human capital in the country and beyond.
On Saturday, the university will award honorary doctorates on three Nigerians for their outstanding contributions to society, according to the vice-chancellor.
“I am pleased to inform you that the university will confer honorary doctorate degree on Chief Adebimpe Aladejana-Ogunleye of the Obajimo Osupa Dynasty of Akure Kingdom. He is to be honoured with a Doctor of Science degree.
“Dr. Haroun Adamu to be honoured with Doctor of Management Science and Dr Ephraim Fagba Faloughi will be honoured with Doctor of Management Science,” he said.
Professor Emeritus will be awarded on three eminent scholars, according to Fuwape, in recognition of their contributions to academia.
“For the first time in the history of the university, three eminent scholars will be recognised as professors emeritus.
“They are Prof. Ekundayo Adeyemi, former Acting Vice-Chancellor of FUTA; Prof. Olugboyega Ademosun, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Oluwole Falaki, Pioneer Prof. of Computer Science in the university,” he stated.
Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School will deliver the convocation and the 40th-anniversary lecture, titled “Innovation, Technology, and Prospects of Prosperity for Posterity in Nigeria,” according to Fuwape.