A 71-year-old PhD student of the University of Lagos(UNILAG), Mrs Felicia Marinze, has emerged as the best graduating student from the institution’s School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS).
Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, announced this at a news conference on activities lined up for the institution’s 51st convocation on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to Ogundipe, Ms Felicia Marinze (PhD French) with matriculation number 849003042, from the Department of European Languages and International Studies, will be the oldest to be awarded a PhD degree in the history of the university. He added that the 71-year-old, with the best PhD thesis, had just demonstrated to the world that age was never a barrier to attaining any height.
The title of Ms Marinze’s thesis is: “Evaluation de la Competence Communicative Orale du Francais Des Apprenants Nationale Diploma Des Polytechniques Seledionness du Nigeria’’.
Speaking further, the vice-chancellor noted that 281 of the 15,753 students would be graduating in the first-class upper-division.
“The three-day convocation will culminate in the graduation of 15,753 students. These comprise 7,754 students who will be awarded first degrees and 7,999 Postgraduate degrees. We shall also award 160 Diplomas in Social Works and Human Kinetics. The Faculty of Engineering came tops in the category of first-class with 70, followed by Management Sciences with 59 among others,’’ Mr Ogundipe said.
He also announced that the university would be honouring one of its late vice-chancellors, Prof Ibidapo Obe, with a posthumous award, adding that the university will also award an honorary doctorate degree to Dr Ameyo Stella-Adadevo (Post-Humours), a lead Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the First Consultant Hospital, at the ceremony.
According to Ogundipe, the university has in the last year, recorded huge success, particularly in the area of research and internalisation infrastructure upgrade. It had also continued to witness growth and developments in other facets. Speaking further on activities lined up for the three-day event, Mr Ogundipe noted that the convocation lecture would hold Monday, July 5.
The title of the lecture is “National Development and Knowledge Economy in the Digital Age: Leapfrogging SNEs into the 21st Century”.
He said that the lecture would be delivered by the Governor of Central Bank (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele, adding that Pastor Tunde Bakare, Chairman, Citadel Global Community Church would be chairman at the occasion.