Don’t associate with cultism, VC tells freshers

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Students have been charged to take their studies serious in order to achieve academic excellence. The charge was made by the Registrar of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Mrs G.O. Ogboghodor, during the matriculation ceremony held for freshers admitted for the 2012/2013 academic session.

The school auditorium, the venue of the ceremony, was filled to capacity.

Declaring the occasion open, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Osayuki Oshodin, welcomed the freshers into the university, urging them to consider their admission as a “golden opportunity” to achieve their heart desires.

The Registrar administered the oath of matriculation on the students, after which Prof Oshodin charged the students to be of good behaviour and shun acts that may terminate their studentship in the institution.

“As people who are undergoing training to become responsible members of the society and for leadership positions, effort should be made to resort to dialogue and consultation rather than mass demonstration, which, at time, degenerates into violence. Therefore, do not allow yourself to be lured into any form of demonstration even when you are told that it is going to be peaceful,” the VC told the freshers.

Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to CAMPUSLIFE, expressed happiness after the oath ceremony. Joan Chukwudifo, 100-Level Theatre Arts, said: “I feel good because I am now a bonafide student of the University of Benin. I hope to give my best to achieve my academic goals.”

Another fresher, Perpetual Okojie, who was admitted into the department of English and Literature, said she was on the campus to learn and not to play, adding that she hoped to graduate within the period stipulated for her course.

Over 6,066 students were admitted but 5,915 were present at the matriculation ceremony.


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