The University of Ibadan(UI) in a Press release issued by the Directorate of Public Communications,Office of the Vice Chancellor, on its official website—www.ui.edu.ng— yesterday Saturday, November 13th, 2021 refuted the information being circulated online that the management has lifted its bar on non-first class graduands from attending the 2021 convocation ceremony, which was imposed in order to effect compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
The official statement reads in full as follows;
“UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN, NIGERIA
UI LIFTS BAN ON NON-FIRST CLASS GRADUATES TO ATTEND CONVOCATION: A DISCLAIMER
The management of the University of Ibadan wishes to refute an information being circulated by one online medium, naasvoice, to the effect that the institution will allow non-first class graduates at this year’s graduation ceremony.
The said publication is mischievous, deceitful, misleading, unreliable and irresponsible.
Graduates, parents, guardians and the general public are advised to disregard the publication.
As earlier stated, the University’s management takes this seemingly painful decision in order to curtail and contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, and its delta variant which is virulent, during the period of graduation ceremony.
We are restating that “attendance at the International Conference Centre is open to First Class Honours graduands and recipients of prizes and awards only.”
We are using this category of graduates as a point of contact with over 8,000 graduates at this year’s ceremony. We could have invited graduates in the third class or pass division. We appreciate our stakeholders for their understanding and co-operation in this circumstance.
Once again, we congratulate our 2021 graduates on this landmark occasion. May the joy of the event be permanent in their lives. Amen.
Director of Public Communication
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Saturday, 13 November, 2021.