The Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Labode Popoola, has said the institution will confer first degree awards on 1,815 graduands during the 10th convocation ceremonies.
This is as the VC disclosed that roughly 10,300 trees have been planted by the institution in the past three years in its contribution to the reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
He added that 206 others will be conferred with Postgraduate Degrees and Diplomas.
Prof Popoola said the above on Tuesday, in Osogbo, during a press briefing with respect to the university’s 10th convocation ceremonies.
Recall that the institution due to COVID-19, conducted a virtual convocation for its graduates in 2020.
According to him, “the 10th convocation ceremonies of this University would be a hybrid model where physical ceremonies would be held, and the virtual approach would be maintained for those unable to be with us physically.
“Out of the 1,815 undergraduate graduands, 35 representing 1.93 percent of the total number of graduates are in the First Class.
“Also, 544 representing 29.97 percent of the total number of graduands will be awarded Second Class (Upper) degrees, 937 representing 51.63 percent of the total number of graduands made Second Class (Lower).
“289 representing 15.92 percent of the total number of graduands made a Third Class (lower), while 10 graduands representing 0.55 percent of the total number of graduands will be awarded the pass degrees in different programmes.”
“Under the Postgraduate graduands, we have 169 Academic Masters, 16 Professional Masters’, and 21 Postgraduate Diploma graduands from different programmes spread across the 12 faculties in the University.”
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, who said the institution had planted more than 10,000 trees across the six colleges in Osun State, noted that the survival rate of the trees has been nothing less than 60 percent.
He said, “We call it matriculating tree-planting campaign. It is supposed to signify your coming into the university. It is like a ritual. We have roughly 10,300 trees planted. The idea is for these students to be able to nurture their seedlings, ensuring that they survive.
“It is not about this university. It is about nature. Any tree that is planted anywhere in the world helps to reduce the carbon dioxide rate.”