The Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State is awarding 50 First Class degrees and 629 Second Class Upper Degrees to students of three sets in various fields.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani, said the university had recorded significant progress over the years.
The University which started with just two faculties, Humanities, Management and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science with an initial student intake of 267 for the 27 academic programmes in 12 departments has increased to 4 faculties, 34 degree programmes in 19 departments.
According to him, the university in 2015, 19 degree programmes were presented to the National Universities Commission for accreditation, but only eight scaled through, while the rest were on interim grades and that by 2017, those on interim status were remedied to full status, while 12 new programmes secured full status accreditation.
He said only two outstanding programmes on interim had been presented again for re-accreditation.
Professor Gani said six projects would be inaugurated during the convocation, including the Faculty of Education, the Multipurpose Indoor Sport Hall, the University Library, Road Network and Landscape, School of Preliminary and General Studies and a 500 seat capacity Lecture Theatre.
The Vice Chancellor said the projects being executed were the construction and furnishing of the Chancellery, Library, Auditorium, Academic Staff Offices, Supply and Installation of Office Equipment and Furniture, as well as Laboratory Equipment and would be fully completed and handed to the university before September 2020.
According to him, the university has accessed the approved Special High Impact projects for universities established in 2011 and 2013, funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TET Fund, which after due process, the funds had been accessed and contractors mobilised to site in November.
Professor Gani said there would be a pre-convocation lecture with the title “The Role of Digital Economy for National Economic Development”, to be delivered by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy,” Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
He also said there would be an Alumni Home coming to provide the platform for them to meet, discuss and proffer solutions to the problems of funding and other support to the university.
The university Senate approved the award of Honorary Doctorate Degrees to deserving Nigerians for Senator Muhammadu Danjuma Goje, as well as Posthumous Awards of Doctor of Letters to Late Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman and Late Brigadier General Zakariya Maimalari, among others.