Chancellor Urged Newly Admitted Students to Stay True to the Future They Desire to See
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo, has urged the newly admitted students of the University to stay true to the future they desire to see during their studentship in the institution. The Chancellor made this charge at the 14th matriculation ceremony where 2156 undergraduate and 293 post graduate students were formally admitted into various programmes of the University.
In his keynote address, Dr Oyedepo, stated that passing through Covenant University secures ones destiny, also emphasised the University’s strong stance on discipline and the role it plays in enabling the students to achieve excellence. “There is nothing mystical about excellence,” he remarked, “it’s a product of man’s commitment.” He commented that excellence is a deterrent to racism and sexism, and enables you to stay above others. “You will be sought after. You can’t possess values the world values without the world seeking you.” He reminded students that global impact in any field has a high cost.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going,” Dr Oyedepo remarked. “One makes a living by his profession, but he makes an impact by his dedication.” He emphasised that self-discipline is a vital key to bringing out the potential in us, as it empowers the star in us to shine.
The Chancellor also emphasised the importance of time management, urging the students, “Please make the most of your time at Covenant University and manage you time in the best possible way.” He reminded the students that time is an asset; some people invest it and some squander it. He encouraged them to invest their time in making news for others to watch. “Stay true to the future you desire to see,” he said as he wished all the matriculants the very best at Covenant University.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, said this year’s event was unique being the first time Covenant University has had part time students matriculating. In addition, he commented that according to Webometrics data, Covenant University has consistently been ranked the Best University in Nigeria and West Africa. He mentioned some of the achievements of the University’s Eagles (graduates), stating that three had featured on the BBC and CNN this year for their outstanding entrepreneurial achievements. He also mentioned that amongst Covenant University’s alumni, there are certified pilots.
Professor Ayo emphasised the University’s core values of spirituality, possibility mentality, capacity building, integrity, responsibility, diligence and sacrifice. He reminded the matriculating students to live as commanded, not as convenient. He concluded by exhorting the students from Acts 20:32, “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, reminded parents, faculty, staff and students of the mandate of the University to restore the battered image of Africa by raising a new generation of leaders; moving Nigeria’s education system forward. “After 4 to 5 years,” he commented, “the royalty in you will be made manifest to rule and reign in your area of endeavour.” He expressed his gratitude to the parents for entrusting their children to the University and assured them that they would not be disappointed.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, remarked that the University is making waves all over the world. “We are running with vision 10:2022 and 7 years from this 14th Matriculation will be the actualisation of it,” she reminded all in attendance. She also expressed her gratitude to God for the many unquantifiable blessings that have been achieved thus far.
In addition to the University management, a parent and Judge from Akwa Ibom State, Justice Abraham expressed his pleasure in being associated with Covenant University. As one who has sat in court for 28 years and has witnessed many young people being incarcerated, he expressed his delight in walking into a place like Covenant University and seeing young people being groomed to be leaders. “When I see young men and women brought up to excel mentally and spiritually, I see that there is hope for Nigeria to see God’s glory rise to new heights,” he remarked.
The ceremony concluded with the Chancellor pronouncing a word of blessing over all the matriculating students.