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22 students bag first class as 13, 347 graduate from UNICAL

Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Zana Akpagu, on Thursday said 22 undergraduates would be awarded first class degrees during the 30th Convocation Ceremony of the institution on Saturday, March 11.

Addressing reporters during a pre-convocation press conference in his office, Akpagu said 13, 347 would be graduating from the institution.

He said 1, 437 would get post graduate certificates while 11, 910 would be getting their first degrees.

He said the number was high because they put in place a mechanism to clear a backlog of students who seemed to remain in the school perpetually.

Giving a further breakdown of the post graduate certificates, he said 300 would be getting their PhDs, 517 MSCs, 70 MAs, 130 MEds and 400 post graduate diplomas.

For the first degree he said 7,400 were from the Humanities while 4,510 are from the Sciences.

A further breakdown indicated that 22 got first class degrees, 2,408 got second class upper degrees, 5,890 got second class lower degrees, 2900 got third class degrees, and 1,000 got pass degrees.

Akpagu said the institution would phase out pass degrees.

He said the Convocation Ceremony would provide the opportunity to flag of their legacy project which would be an ultra modern medical centre for the school, which would be funded by internally generated revenue.

He said honorary doctorate degrees (honoris causa) would be awarded to three prominent Nigerians for their contribution to the socio-economic growth of the country.

Those to get the honorary degrees are Alhaji Umaru Kwabo, Sir Daniel Chukwudozie and Brig Gen Anthony Ukpo rtd.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal among dignitaries are expected to grace the Convocation Ceremony

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