The authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) said on Thursday that a total of 178 students bagged first-class degree honours in the 2020–2021 academic session, out of the 14,254 students who graduated in the session.

Professor Lilian Salami, the Vice Chancellor of the university, disclosed this to newsmen at a press briefing as part of activities lined up for the institution’s 48th convocation and 53rd Founders’ Day Ceremony in Benin City

Salami said that during the convocation ceremony, which commences next Thursday, a total of 14,254 graduates will be conferred with first degrees, diplomas, certificates, masters, postgraduate diplomas, and doctor of philosophy degrees.

The Vice-Chancellor gave the breakdown of the results to include 178 First Class, 4,353 Second Class Upper, 8,607 Second Class Lower, 400 Third Class, 14 Passes, five diplomas, 576 Unclassified, one distinction, 81 Credits, and 39 Passes.

She also disclosed that at the post-graduate level, the university’s senate approved 4,045 results, which comprised 545 doctor of philosophy degrees, 2,697 master’s degrees, and 804 post-graduate diplomas.

She also added that honorary degrees would be conferred on seven personalities for their exemplary services to the university and the country.

Salami said four of the students to be honoured were illustrious alumni of the university.

She listed the honorees to include the immediate past Minister for Works and Housing and former governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Mr Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Mr Olukayode Dotun-Olukayode, Osaro Isokpan, Gbenga Olu Komolafe, Paul Enebeli, and Betsy Obaseki, the First Lady of Edo State.

The Vice-Chancellor said the honorees would be conferred with a Doctor of Laws, a Doctor of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Science, respectively.

Salami, who congratulated the graduates for the award of degrees, added that Mike Kwanashie, a former Vice Chancellor of Veritas University, Abuja, would deliver the Founders’ Day and Convocation Lecture of the institution.

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