Summit University Offa in Kwara has announced its maiden combined convocation ceremonies to be held from December 6 to 9.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abiodun Aibinu, announced this during a virtual press interactive session, which was also joined by captains of industry and top management staff of the institution, including the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Alhaji Rafiu Ebiti.
Founded on March 6, 2017, the university has achieved academic excellence. The university boasts well-equipped laboratories, a state-of-the-art library with e-facilities, and high-speed internet connectivity.
Highlighting activities lined up for the convocation, Aibinu said the four-day ceremonies would commence on Wednesday with a press conference where numerous achievements and future goals will be unveiled. This will be followed by a research exhibition, which will unfold the Research and Innovation Unit of the university and will run concurrently with other events daily until Saturday.
On Thursday, the maiden convocation lecture titled ‘Revitalising the Nigerian Economy: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Youth in the Digital Economy’ is expected to be delivered by Governor Babagana Zulum, while renowned historian Prof. Oluwatoyin Falola will give the keynote address.
Ground-breaking ceremonies for the Engr. Kola Balogun College of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Engineering, the College of Innovation and Computing Technology, and the College of Postgraduate Studies will follow immediately after the lecture. The day will culminate with the special convocation dinner and award night ceremony at the Imperial Event Centre, opposite the university.
On Friday, the programme will feature the inauguration of the New Central Mosque donated by the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria Northern Council and the investiture of the university’s Chancellor, Alhaji (Dr.) Sulaiman Adebola Adegunwa. The day will also witness the conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degrees (Honoris Causa) on Alhaji (Dr.) Sulaiman Adebola Adegunwa, Alhaji Lateef Okunnu (SAN), and Moshood Kola Balogun. Also, the launching of the university, a N5 billion development plan and the groundbreaking ceremony for the Senate Building will take place.
The grand finale of the ceremony dedicated to awarding bachelor’s degrees and prizes to the university graduates is set for December 9, 2023.
It was founded by the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (ADSN), a prominent Islamic faith-based organisation with the noble objective of providing high-quality tertiary education to all Nigerians, regardless of religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender or creed. The establishment of the university aimed to foster a holistic approach to education, emphasising not only knowledge and skills but also moral and ethical values.
“This vision reflects the institution’s commitment to producing graduates who can stand on their own, become job creators, and are prepared for gainful employment under the “industry-ready graduates” mantra. Additionally, these graduates are expected to remain God-fearing individuals despite prevailing vices in society. As we gather to celebrate this significant milestone, we honour the hard work, dedication, and achievements of individuals in the society and the University at large,” said Aibinu.