Congrats! A 26 Year old emerges UNIOSUN's best graduating student

Published 7 years ago by: Steph.
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After  waiting for five years to secure varsity admission, Dotun Oladipo   emerges   the  best graduating  student at the second convocation  of the University  of Osun, Osogbo.

For the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, University of Osun, Osogbo, Osun State, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, last Friday was the end of an era. He moderated the second convocation of the institution, his last as the VC. The pioneer VC was deservedly celebrated not just by the institution but by the Visitor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who described his performance as excellent and his tenure as clean, open, transparent and committed to the laying down of an enviable foundation for the advancement of a peaceful and academically robust university.

But while the VC was enjoying the accolades, 26-year-old Dotun Oladipo was also receiving the best applause of the day. He emerged the best graduating student after obtaining a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.90 out of a possible 5.0 to bag a first class degree in Economics. He also won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Most Outstanding Student of the Year, the Chancellor’s Award, the Best Graduating Student in the College of Management and Social Sciences and the Most Outstanding Student in the Department of Economics.

For his efforts, he was offered automatic employment at the institution. Also, the remaining 18 graduating students who also bagged first class degrees were awarded scholarships for their postgraduate studies in universities of their choices provided they desire to pick up careers in academics.

This is in line with Oladipo’s ambition. He desires to become a professor of economics in the nearest future. Each time he was called to the podium to receive his prizes, the audience made up of vice-chancellors of other universities, the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, principal officers of UNIOSUN, parents and students went wild in jubilation. Aregbesola and Akinrinade who were saddled with the responsibility of the presentation of the prizes to Oladipo also joined the jubilant crowd. They clapped, hugged and applauded him.

But his path to academic success was not without challenges. Though he completed his secondary school in 2003 and obtained seven distinctions and one credit pass, he could not secure admission to university until 2008. Frustrated by this, Oladipo went to a seminary in Ilesa after he convinced himself that he was probably not cut out for a career in academics. But luck smiled on him in 2008 when he was offered admission to UNIOSUN for a degree programme in Economics.

Oladipo in an interview with journalists after he received his awards from Aregbesola said he was happy to emerge the best graduating student in spite of the difficulties he faced as an undergraduate.

Asked how he felt beating 656 others, Oladipo who completed his secondary school education at Sacred Heart Emmanuel Secondary School, Akure, Ondo State in 2003, said he was happy. The Ilesa, Osun State born graduate, was however, humble in victory. “Let’s just give glory to God, who helped to make it happen,” he said. He, however, admitted that he faced a lot of challenges after he got admission to UNIOSUN in 2008.

“My experience before I was admitted here was not rosy because I had finished secondary school since 2003. I wrote the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, I had seven distinctions and only one credit in Yoruba at Sacred Heart Emmanuel Secondary School, Akure, Ondo State. I tried to gain admission to the university but my efforts did not pay off. Convinced that God probably did not want me to go to the university; I enrolled at a seminary in Ilesa. But in 2008, I was admitted here and I just found myself in another world entirely. Now my plan is to go into academics and even become a professor in Economics,” he said.


On an unforgettable experience he had while on campus, he said, “One thing I can’t forget was when I was in 100 Level and I obtained credit in a course I felt I should have made a distinction. I was not really happy with my score and I went to meet the lecturer. Though the lecturer listened to me, I was surprised that my course mates were not happy about my effrontery to challenge a lecturer. Some of them felt I was proud. I was disturbed thinking that as an undergraduate, we should be free to ask questions.”

But the ceremony was not just about Oladipo as 18 other graduating students including Adenekan Tobiloba, Ajibola Sunday, Lenboye Muize, Bamigbose Ruth, Ogbonna Francisca and Miss Adewumi Blessing were also honoured. Blessing, who bagged a fist class in Electrical Electronics Engineering, is the only female in her class. She obtained a CGPA of 4.58 to emerge the best in the male-dominated class.



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