2019 Matriculation: Chancellor seeks Parents, Guardians’ Cooperation in training Covenant Students
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has admonished all parents and guardians of students of the University to help in ensuring that their sons, daughters and wards align with the training mode at the institution, so they can be listed among the new generation of leaders that Covenant has been producing till date.
He gave the advice on Friday, November 8, 2019, during the 18th Matriculation Ceremony of Covenant held inside the University Chapel, where 1,869 students comprised of 1,681 undergraduates and 188 postgraduate students took their Matriculation Covenant.
The Chancellor, while delivering his speech titled ‘What is Unique about Covenant University’, stated that, it was the mould of training that defined the outcome of the trainee, and Covenant had engaged a mould of training that worked. Products of the institution, he pointed out, were flying around the world today, showcasing the validity of the University’s mould of training.
Dr. Oyedepo explained that the mould had its foundation in Covenant University’s well defined mandate, which was to raise a new generation of leaders through a qualitative and life-applicable training system that focused on value and skill development, and to raise a new generation of leaders who shall redeem the battered image of the black race and restore her lost glory amongst others.
He affirmed that through her custom-built programmes, featuring the Total Man Concept, Entrepreneurial Studies, Leadership Development Studies, and Towards a Total Graduate “Covenant, today, produces the most employable graduates in Nigeria and had continued to earn this award over the years”.
“As we say here at Covenant, until one is transformed, he cannot reform his environment, society or nation. This is why, we focus on equipping the persons of our students, so they can continue to generate impact in their various vocations in life and that without prejudice to the pursuit of academic excellence,” he stated.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his speech, stated that the matriculation ceremony conferred on matriculants the full privileges to experience the unique Total-Man higher education brand of Covenant University. “We equip our students with the spiritual, mental and physical capacity to positively impact their world, having pledged to the oath of allegiance, to observe the Covenant University culture,” he explained.
While describing Covenant as a leadership academy with a vision to raise a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavour, to redeem the battered image of the Blackman, Professor Atayero asserted that the University’s core values, which included spirituality, possibility mentality, integrity, capacity building, responsibility, diligence, and sacrifice, were the crucibles for moulding the new generation leaders with the required character for impactful leadership in their fields of endeavour.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant’s exceptional curriculum was delivered through modern teaching and research facilities, evidenced by the quality of Covenant University graduates - ranked by STUTERN, a Lagos-based startup and online platform that carries out studies on employment in Nigeria, as Most Employable Graduates among all Nigerian universities. He noted that Covenant, in recognition of her profile as a leading university, had been selected to host postgraduate scholars under the auspices of Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship for the 2019/2020 cycle.
Professor Atayero, while flaunting the incredible rise of Covenant in the comity of the best universities in the world, especially her ranking in the 401-500 bracket of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2020, said that the matriculation ceremony signified an undertaking on the part of the University to avail the matriculating students with a premium learning experience.
The Matriculation Covenant was administered on the excited students by the Registrar, Dr. Oluwasegun Omidiora, following which they were admitted as students of Covenant by the Chancellor.
Also at the University Chapel venue of the event were members of the Board of Regents, the University Management, members of the Senate, Professors, Faculty, and Staff including parents and guardians of the matriculating students