The authorities of the University of Lagos said 178 students would be graduating with first class division during its 2014/2015 convocation scheduled to start March 1.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahmon Bello, announced this at a news conference to kick start the activities lined up for the institution’s 48th convocation.
Bello, giving a breakdown of the graduating students, said that 10,907 students would be graduating from the various faculties.
He said that the students would be conferred with degrees, diplomas and certificates during the ceremony.
According to him, out of this number, 5,472 will receive first degrees while 5,435 will receive postgraduate degrees.
He noted that the 178 first class graduating students were among the 5,472 that would be receiving first degrees.
“Also, 1,617 of the graduating students passed with the Second Class Upper division.
“A total of 2,496 others will be graduating with the Second Class Lower division, 844 with the Third Class and 274 with unclassified degrees in Medical Sciences and Pharmacy and 50 with pass degrees,’’ he said.
Bello said that the Faculty of Engineering topped the lot with 41 being the highest number of First Class degrees out of the total figure.
He said that the university would also be graduating 71 students in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees category in various disciplines.
The Vice-Chancellor said that a record had been set this year, with a graduating student, Daniel Ayodele Dada, scoring a Cumulative Grade- Point Average ( CGPA) of 5.00 points.
With the grade, Ayodele, a student of the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences, has emerged as the best graduating student, he said.
According to Bello, Ayodele’s performance means that he scored ‘A’s in all the courses he took in the programme, describing it as a perfect score.
Giving a breakdown of the performances on faculty basis, the Vice-Chancellor said that Arts would be graduating 393, Education 605 and Environmental Sciences 201.
He said that the Faculty of Sciences would be graduating 676, the College of Medicine would be graduating 322 and the Faculty of Business Administration would be graduating 803.
He said that the faculty of Engineering would be graduating 366; faculty of Law would be graduating 251, 92 from Pharmacy and the Distance Learning Institute would be graduating 1,063.
Bello said that management had recorded huge success in its stride to uplift the standard of the university.
“Today, our environment is one of the cleanest of all the institutions in Nigeria, as we have commenced waste sorting and this is yielding fruits.
“All our classrooms and laboratories are now comparable with those anywhere in any first rated university worldwide.
“Research equipment and facilities are now being modernised and research activities are taking new dimensions.
“Our internalisation efforts are also yielding fruits, in spite of all the social challenges in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Bello said that the university was currently playing host to 33 postgraduate students from various West African countries, under the ECOWAS Academic Mobility scheme, for their various Master and Ph.D. studies.
He also said that students exchange programme with some Canadian and Chinese universities were in the offing.