About 4300 students of both the Igbariam and Uli campuses participated in the 18th matriculation of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (Formerly Anambra State University).
The ceremony took place at the matriculation arena of the two campuses respectively on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2018.
The ceremony, started with an interdenominational service which Reverend Kingsley Madu took the homily.
Reverend Kingsley Madu, spoke on the topic “Abiding in the Lord”, charged the students to be obedient to constituted authority and live a life that is worthy of a Christian and the families they are from on campus
The Clergy cum Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department advised them to shun indiscipline by facing their primary goal of being in the school, also advised them not to venture into the business of sorting to pass examinations.
The Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Professor Fidelis Uzochukwu Okafor congratulated the matriculates on their official ceremony of change of status from Jambites to Undergraduates of great citadel of learning.
Privileges and Responsibility
”At the end of this ceremony you will become both de jure and de facto students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University”, he equipped.
The newly admitted students of COOU were urged by the Vice Chancellor, to eschew cultism, bad company and illegal organisations within and around the University community but rather to always keep their goals before them to enable them achieve great feats in their academic pursuit.
“You must particularly guard against cult groups and cultism. Cultism will ruin your life, career and families. This evil affects the university and society at large”, he admonished.
Sounding a note of warning, Professor Okafor hinted that the students would meet people of different backgrounds comprising the Good, Bad and Ugly around the campus, but he advised them to work hard and not to lose sight of their purpose.
”This ceremonial change of your status must reflect in the totality of your life, in your dressing, conduct and put away every juveline characteristics. You must change positively in every aspect. You must exercise self-control and self-discipline,” the VC said.
Recounting the numerous feats of the University both academic and infrastructural development, the Vice Chancellor implored the matriculants to imbibe attitudes that will in no way constitute nuisance to the detriment of the high pedigree of the university.
”To be be graded 2nd by Jamb for strictly adhering to the boards guidelines on admission, to turn out her third batch of medical doctors, to be amongst the 21 universities approved to undertake medicine,” he enthused.
He further noted that efforts are on top gear towards establishing linkage and collaborative programmes with Overseas Universities in Africa, Europe, and United States where they would be opportune to spend a semester in a form of exchange programme.
As a joint venture
Stressing that education is a joint venture between the school and home, Prof. Okafor commended the parents and guardians alike for their efforts to ensure their wards are in school and also encouraged them to do more in providing their children with learning materials, school fees, accommodation, among other things, for uninterrupted academic programme.
He also charged the parents to occasionally visit their children in the university community, to monitor the kind of life their wards lead.
The climax of the ceremony was the oath taking by the matriculants led by the University Registrar Dr. Ngozi Ezeibe.