By IKENNA ASOMBA

No fewer that sixty-one students have graduated with first class honours at the 2011/2012 convocation ceremony of Babcock University (BU), Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, weekend, at the university’s Stadium Complex.

Speaking to students at the 10th convocation, the President/Vice-Chancellor, BU, Prof. Kayode Makinde, urged them to be focused and determined to achieve greater positive feats in life, and reminded the graduands that “getting a degree (first, second or third) is just one of the ‘firsts’ that God is waiting to achieve in you and for you.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Benjamin Carson (Snr.), foremost American paediatric neurosurgeon, who was the first doctor to successfully operate on Siamese twins, urged the graduands not to lean on their own understanding, but to believe in God with all their soul, heart and mind, even as they are going out into the labour market to positively contribute to the society.

The ceremony which presented 1,370 for convocation, saw 20-year-old Gilbert Oladeinbo, emerging overall best graduand with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.92 in Law, even as Opeyemi Sodipe, 25, emerged the youngest pioneer awardee of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), amongst 17 others, at the university’s School of Postgraduate Studies. Speaking to Quadlife, Gilbert Oladeinbo, an indigene of Ojo, Lagos State, described his journey to success as tough, difficult and very challenging.

His words: “I can’t appreciate God enough who has taken me to this stage in life, and also I must appreciate my dearest mum, who has been there for me as the pillar of the house, especially when my father left me, failing in  his responsibility as a father.”

Oladeinbo who is the first and only child of his mother in a polygamous family, however, disclosed that, “determination, hard work and working for God as a chorister kept me going. If you work for God, He will definitely work for you,” he opined.

Meanwhile, the breakdown of the 1,370 graduands are as follows: First Class 61; Second Class Upper 1,107; Second Class Lower 202. No student was in the Third Class, Pass and Failure categories.

Also, the Babcock Postgraduate School churned out 96 pioneer students: 11 Postgraduate Diplomas; 68 Master’s degrees and 17 doctorates.

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