By Emmanuel Edukugho
Lincoln University, California, United States of America and SKB, MBA Executive Business School, Lagos have held the 2009 graduation ceremony which coincided withÂ Â the Lincoln University 90thÂ Â anniversary in Oakland, California.
Many Nigerians who had their lectures in the country and fulfilled all the necessary requirements for graduation were among those who participated in the graduation ceremony.
The graduation ceremony which was held at the institutionâ€™s auditorium was filled with students and guests across the globe including Nigerian students.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were the Lincoln University president, Dr. Mikhail Brodsky, chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln University, Dr. Allan Samson, and President, SKB Executive Business School, Lagos Mr. Kenneth Boardman.
Also in attendance was the two terms Mayor of San Francisco, Dr Willie Lewis Brown Jnr. He delivered a speech at the occasion, and advised the gradauands to learn from the American President, Mr. Barrack Obama.
The mayor, while delivering his speech gave insight into how he met with the American President Mr. Barrack Obama as a senator representing Illinois, describing him as discipline, determined and focusedÂ Â gentle man at all times.
He enjoined the graduating students to learn from President Obamaâ€™s unshakable discipline, determinations, intelligence, hopes and optimism as they move into the global arena
At the convocation many Nigerian students and their counterparts who received the MBA degrees from Lincoln University described the event asÂ Â joyous, glorious and exceptional in all ramifications.
The ceremony according Boardman afforded most Nigerian students the opportunity to meet and took pictures with the former Mayor of San Francisco, Dr Willie Brown, president of Lincoln University, Dr. Mikhail Brodsky, chairman of the board of trustees, Dr Allan Samson, staff and students.
The chief executive officer of SKB Executive Business School, Lagos Mr. Kenneth Boardman congratulated Nigerian students for their stride in achieving this great honour and later hosted them at his house with Lincoln University professors after the graduation ceremony.
â€œThis is the second time Lincoln University and SKB Executive Business School Lagos students be graduatingÂ alongside their counterparts across the world at Oakland, California USA the same day and the same timeâ€™ Boardman said.
According to him, SKB Executive Business School Lagos does not only offer assistance to help the Nigerian studentsÂ Â to acquire good American education, but alsoÂ procure visa for them to the United States for their graduation ceremony after completing mandatory numbers of courses which lasted 12 months in Lagos.