Professor Labode Popoola
BY DAYO ADESULU
Osun State University will on Saturday 21st September graduate one thousand eight hundred and fourteen students with forty nine of them graduating with first-class honours in various academic disciplines.
The one thousand eight hundred and fourteen students comprises of nine (9) students with pass, one hundred and ninety four (194) students with a third class.
Moreover, eight hundred and ninety two (892) students graduated with second class lower, six hundred and seventy (670) students with second class upper.
However, forty nine (49) students graduated with first class degrees.
In all, a total of Nine thousand nine hundred and fifty five (9,955) first degrees awarded by the university since its first graduation in 2011.
The Vice Chancellor, Osun State University, Professor Labode Popoola, disclosed this in Osogbo during a preconvocation press conference to announce the 8th convocation ceremony slated for September 21.
He said:.We are committed to the fulfillment of our mission of creating a unique institution, committed to the pursuit of academic innovation, skill based training and a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and community service.
“We have over the last one year deployed series of success driven techniques that have continued to yield positive results as evident in our numerous achievements.
Part of our success story in recent time is the invention of the Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute (GASDI).
“The innovation was established by the senate of Osun State University in October, 2018 with a mandate to address issues of sustainable development in unique, creative and efficient ways that can fast track the attainment of the SDGs and unleash development in different communities.
“I am glad to tell you now that the institute is now becoming a centre of excellence in postgraduate teaching, research, and societal development in all areas of sustainable development.”
The Vice Chancellor also pointed out the recent birth, approval of two faculties and new departments in the College of Agriculture as part of the institution’s many achievements.
Popoola said: “The university now has Faculty of Agricultural Production and Management (FAPM). This Faculty comprises the Department of Agronomy (AGY), Department of Animal Sciences (ANS), Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Management (AEM).
Others are department of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development (ARD) and the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources Management (RNRM) which comprises the Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Management (FAM).
The Department of Forest Production and Products (FPP), Department of Social and Environmental Forestry (SEF) and the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management (WLM) are also inclusive.
The management under the leadership of Professor Labode Popoola thereby congratulates the graduating students and wishes them well in their future endeavors.