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The University of Ibadan (UI) held its first virtual matriculation ceremony for over 7000 students admitted for the 2020/2021 academic session on Tuesday.

4,000 students were admitted for the conventional degree programmes while over 3000 others were for the Open and Distance Education (ODE) programmes.

Addressing the matriculants, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Adebola Ekanola, said the institution had to forge ahead despite the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lingered industrial action by the unions.

He said this resulted in the scrapping of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Mr Ekanola, who emphasised the position of pride that the institution occupied in Africa and Nigeria, charged the new intakes to be focused and disciplined.

“You need these virtues to successfully complete your studies.

“You need to continually remember that the distance between today’s ceremony and the Convocation ceremony is quite long indeed, but by the grace of God and through your consistent hard work, your journey will end in resounding success for you all.

The acting Vice-Chancellor said that a total of 4,472 students were admitted for the conventional mode of studies out of which 4174 have been successfully cleared.

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He added that the first semester would be done strictly through virtual learning platforms and no students were expected on campus until the second semester.

In her matriculation address, Dr Boluwatife Ikwunne, an alumna of the university, charged the matriculants on 10 principles that will guide them throughout their academic year.

Ms Ikwunne, a 2020 Young Innovation Leaders Fellow and winner of the 2021 Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa, emphasised the importance of discovering their purpose in life, perseverance, humility and studying smart.

She also enjoined them to step out of their comfort zone and learn new skills as well as being deliberate about personal growth.

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