A 22-year-old student of the Accounting Department of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Alexandria Braie, has emerged the best graduating student of the university.
Braie was declared the winner of the President’s Award for the overall best performances despite having the second best Cumulative Grade Point Average 4.90 of her set.
Speaking at the fifteenth convocation and sixth postgraduate convocation ceremony of the university on Sunday, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ademola Tayo, said Braie emerged the best graduating student as a result of her outstanding performances in academics, leadership traits as well as community and spiritual services.
A total number of 2,113 students comprising of 1,807 undergraduate students and 306 postgraduate students convoked during the event.
He charged the graduating students to be positive thinkers and imagine their future, saying that “what you constantly think about yourself is what you become.”
He added, “You have a responsibility to Nigeria and the world. Set aside your iphones and ipods and concentrate on the challenges of the society. Be a volunteer in your community. Dedicate yourself to the transformation of the society. Seek to serve rather than be served so that through you, God can increase. ”
Also speaking at the event, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, commended the university for its strides in the education and health sectors. He added that the state government would work to create the right ambience needed for the education sector to thrive.
“These children will define our future and we will adequately equip our youths. I urge you to be self-reliant and steadfast. Academic qualifications are not all that you need to succeed in life. Morals and character matter. Be ready to make positive difference because one day, we are going to answer the call of God.”
In his address, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the successful conduct of heart surgeries in the school shows that “our university system is highly standardised and can compete favourably across the world.’’
Rasheed, who was represented by the Director of Corporate Services, Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi, also called on the alumni body to be at the forefront of forging partnerships for the school,