The University of Ibadan management has reiterated that her “only first-class students and awards recipient would be present for physical convocation” policy still stands. This was made known by the Director of Public Communication, Mr O. Oladejo.
He made this clarification while speaking to news men concerning the circulating news report by a media house stating that the university had changed her mind on the matter and would be allowing everyone for the convocation ceremony. He said “The management of the University of Ibadan wishes to refute 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.“
He further stated the the stance of the university hasn’t changed and the decision was taken in the light of not wanting to put the university in the position of risk of the COVID-19 virus and its different variants. He added” 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.”
The week long convocation ceremony kicked off on November 12, 2021 with Jumat service at the university’s central mosque. Other events amongst the calendar of events for the convocation ceremony includes Jaw war finals, convocation lectures and founder’s day celebration.