Beginning from Monday, 14th January 2019, the celebrated Abia State University community will be agog with visitors from far and near, signaling the commencement of the activities marking the unique, 26th convocation ceremony of the University.
The one week event, scheduled to begin with a Pre- Convocation Press conference on Monday, 14th January 2019, will be followed by a Book and Arts Exhibition on Wednesday, 16th January2019, Cultural and Novelty Match for Thursday, 17th, then Friday, 18th January will be the day for the Pre- Convocation Lecture, with the theme ‘DIVERSIFICATION OF THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY THROUGH AGRICULTURE’ at the University Auditorium by 11am. The Lecturer will be the Deputy Governor, Economic Policy, Central Bank of Nigeria, O.J. Nnanna, Ph.D.
Finally, on Saturday, 19th January 2019, comes the big one, the Installation of His Royal Majesty, Begha U, Tiv, Orcivirigh, Professor James Ortese Iorzua, Tor Tiv V, as Honorable Chancellor of the University, Award of first and higher degrees, Award of Honorary Degrees, on two Distinguished Abians and National Icons, the pride of Ngwa Land, His Eminence, Eze Dr. Bernard Enweremadu, the Eze Ukwu, of Ngwa Ukwu Ancient Kingdom, and the Former Army Chief of staff,(COAS),Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, (Rtd), a great Soldier of repute, who under his watch, the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram,was reduced significantly.
The 26th convocation ceremony of the Abia State University is unique in many ways. First, it once again portrays the legendary global reputation of the University, as Nation builders of great ability, by the Installation of a Distinguished Academic, a Professor of Bio Chemistry, former Vice Chancellor of two different Federal Universities at various times, renowned nation builder, Chairman of Benue State Traditional Rulers Council, and very good friend of the State as Honorable Chancellor.
It is also a celebration of the uninterrupted Academic activities of the University, made possible by the visionary ingenuity of an astute administrator, a Leader per excellence, whose uncommon vision has transformed a State University to a global brand within few years, that today, ABSU is rated the best managed State University in Nigeria, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, as Vice Chancellor, with the unparallel support of an academic, in governance, who is the visitor to the University, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Ph.D, . The story today is that the era of back log of graduates, awaiting mobilization for National service is gone.
The over 3, 457 graduates, who will be awarded degrees and other certificates of the University completed their course of studies within the 2017/2018 session, unlike what is obtained in some Universities, where batches of graduates from different academic sessions, are joined in convocation. More so, the administration of Professor E. Uche Ikonne, has concluded arrangement to issue the various certificates same day, during convocation to those who were able to conclude their clearance before the convocation. This indeed is highly commendable. A dividend of an Information Communication Technology (ICT) driven administration, where registration of courses, and result reconciliation are done on line.
As the Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, on behalf of the Governing council and Senate invites the public to this epoch making 26th convocation ceremony, as the University community play host to an assembly of royalty from all over Nigeria, as well as other eminent personalities, Saturday, 19th January 2019, at the University Pavilion, it may also be needful to remind the graduates, that this grand and exciting moment, which heralds the completion of an academic phase in their lives, is not an end, but the beginning of another phase.
Though it brings warm memories of the past, especially their sojourn in the University as Students, it should equally challenge them for bigger dreams in the future. And like a former first Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt puts it, ‘The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams”. So we say congratulations, and charge the graduates, to believe and pursue their dreams for a better tomorrow.