By Adejumo Kabir
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife today matriculated over 7,500 students into the University for 2016/2017 academic session by the newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.
The matriculation ceremony held at Amphitheater, OAU has in attendance the university vice chancellor, and other principal officers, Provosts of Colleges and Postgraduate, Deans of all Faculties, Director of Academics and Non Academics units among others.
The VC in his address stated that the matriculation oath taken by the fresh students remains their bonds to the ideal of their relationships in all aspects of their university life.
“You may be aware that I assumed office as the 11th Vice Chancellor of our University only yesterday. Fortune has bestowed on me this unique opportunity to welcome on board a new set of students and conduct this ceremony as one of the first assignment in the office and I pray that as we commence the journey together, you shall go through all your years of study in the University on good health and with a regular, unbroken and undisturbed academic calendar”, VC said.
He congratulated the students for being chosen out of the thousands of qualified applicants that made the university their first choice and participated in the screening exercise.
Prof. Ogunbodede emphasized on the motto of the University for learning and culture and charged the students to take their academic serious combined with high level of cherished cultural values of the university.
“Let me state unequivocally that the University has zero tolerance for examination malpractices, cultism, violent behavior, religion bigotry, sexual harassment and all forms of disregard to constituted authorities. While we believe in responsible students’ unionism, I will advise to stay clear of all forms of activism that could lead to an abrupt termination of your studentship or leave a negative impact on the university including disruption of academic calendar”.