The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has released the programme of activities of 36th Convocation, beginning from October 15, 2021.
But the institution said the Convocation would be restricted to only graduands with 1st Class Degree Honours, Prize winners and Doctoral Awardees, excluding graduates with Third Class, Second Class (Upper and Lower Divisions, Third Class and Passes.
Mr Kunle Akogun, the University’s Director of Corporate Affairs of the institution who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin, Kwara State Capital, stressed that “hence, entry into the Main Auditorium will be strictly by invitation cards”.
He explained that the Convocation programme which would be held at main Auditorium of the University, will commence on Oct. 15, with a special Juma’at service at the University Central Mosque by 1.30 p.m.
He said that this would be followed on Oct. 17, with an Interdenominational Church Service at St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy at the Main Campus by 9.00 a.m.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Akogun as saying that the main events of the Ceremony would formally commence on Oct. 18, with the Vice-Chancellor’s Press Briefing at the University’s Auditorium by 10 a.m.
“This will be followed on Oct. 21, by the Convocation Play, entitled ‘Aadoye’ (No secret anywhere – A South African Dance Interpretation) by Steve James, Choreographed by Felix Akinsipe, at the institution’s Performing Arts Theatre at 4 p.m and 6 p.m, respectively.
“This year’s Convocation Lecture comes up on Oct. 22, to be delivered by a distinguished legal luminary, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN), entitled: ‘Tertiary Education and the Future of Nigeria’.
“The grand finale comes up on Saturday, Oct. 23, with the Convocation for the Award of Prizes, First and Postgraduate Degrees and Diplomas from all the 15 Faculties and the Postgraduate,” he said.
He noted that the dignitaries expected to grace the event include the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; and the Chancellor of the University, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, among others.