Crescent varsity: 11 years of remarkable progress

Being an abridged speech delivered by H.E Judge Bola Ajibola, founder/ proprietor of Crescent University, Abeokuta, during the 8th Convocation of the institution on October 15, 2016.

Being an abridged speech delivered by H.E Judge Bola Ajibola, founder/ proprietor of Crescent University, Abeokuta, during the 8th Convocation of the institution on October 15, 2016.

We warmly welcome you all to yet another milestone in the life of Crescent University. We have consistently been gratified annually by this congregation since the first convocation held in 2009. The vast array of statesmen, leaders of industries and academics, and all men and women of goodwill who throng this campus to rejoice with us show that this legacy beckons to a wide and enduring patronage. We thank Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, for this achievement.

We may say that we are already reaping the fruits of our labour. That precisely is our prayer and wish to Almighty Allah with regard to this university. Therefore, from the inception, we received the right indications that Allah was ready to assist us.

This institution is now like a tree with blooming flowers and very rich fruits becoming ripe for Nigeria, Africa and, in fact, the world to enjoy.

First, it is our pride that the university is now what we want it to be. You are welcome here at any time regardless of your religion. Therefore, we have here Muslims as well as non-Muslims. You are also warmly welcome here regardless of your ethnicity. Either from the North or South; either from the East or West. And the glorious benefit that we share here with all our people is the fact we embrace and train students from all the 36 states of Nigeria and others from different parts of Africa.

Our achievement will not end there at all. This is a university priding itself in academic and moral excellence. Our degree is not cheap and we make bold to say so. The results, left, right and centre are excessively becoming obvious. We now have a name that we have worked hard to achieve over 11years now. Examples abound all over to demonstrate this.

I will reiterate the story of two graduate students who were given admission for postgraduate at Robert Gordon University in Scotland. One, Rafiat Gawat, was a graduate from Crescent University; the other a graduate from another university in Nigeria. They had both graduated with First Class Honours. At the end of the one-year MSc. Course, while the one from our university passed with distinction, the other one failed and had to repeat. But that is not the end of the story. They noticed that our product is someone with exemplary good character. In addition, she was never late to the classroom neither was she at anytime absent from class. The Dean of Postgraduate Studies in the university who happened to be a Professor that had lectured over 30 years remarked at the end of the course that our own graduate scored an unprecedented high mark in her studies. This is only one point of many we have received concerning our products venturing into postgraduate courses in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

This University is working assiduously to sustain its record of producing first class graduates that are truly world class. Permit me to reveal that, yet again last session, another of our graduates, Adijat Folasade Adefila from the College of Information and Communication Technology, also completed her MBA at the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, with Distinction. We have a long list of similar achievements of our products at home and abroad. These good stories abound and it has even begun to draw executives from private organisations and government parastatals who seek admission into our part-time and postgraduate programmes.

Above all, we are glad that our commitment to the twin-goals of academic and moral excellence continue to stand us out among other institutions. We shall continue to strive and ensure that our effort in this direction never wanes. Our social contract in this endeavour is to make sure that our graduates will continue to be noted for exemplary character: excellent academics, sound morality and the fear of God.

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