Forty-one graduates of the University of Port Harcourt will receive the prestigious First Class grade at the institution’s 30thconvocation holding on Saturday.
The development is different from the university’s 29thconvocation where only 20 graduates bagged First Class (Honours) degrees.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Joseph Ajienka, who disclosed this on Monday while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, said 10 of the First Class graduates were from the Faculty of Humanities.
Ajienka explained that others who graduated with First Class grade were from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Education, Management Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and the School of Science Laboratory Technology.
Describing the forthcoming event as a combined 30thconvocation, which covered the 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 academic sessions, the vice chancellor stated that a total of 18,363 students would receive First Degrees, Post-graduate Diplomas, Masters and Doctorate Degrees.
“A further breakdown of the figure shows that in the undergraduate category, 41 graduands earned the First Class (Honours) Degree. Out of this number, 10 are from the Faculty of Humanities,” he said.
He also disclosed that renowned industrialist, Mazi Samuel Ohuabunwa, would on Thursday deliver the 30thconvocation lecture of the University of Port Harcourt at the Ebitim Banigo Auditorium.
Ajienka, who would soon be replaced by a new vice chancellor, gave the title of the 30thconvocation lecture as “Nigeria: From Consumption to a Production-oriented Economy.”