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BUK Convocation Ceremony: Elumelu, Gwarzo, Solanke Bag BUK’s Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Latest: BUK Convocation Ceremony: Elumelu, Gwarzo, Solanke Bag BUK’s Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Three prominent Nigerians, Chief Tony Elumelu, Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Chief Folake Solanke (SAN) on Saturday, 15th June, 2019 were conferred with Bayero University’s prestigious Honorary Doctorate Degrees during its 35th Convocation ceremony. The University also conferred its Emeritus Professorship on Professor Abdulkadir Dangambo.

Elumelu is the Chairman of UBA Plc, a bank that is present in twenty African countries, as well as Paris, London and New York, while remaining the only African bank with a deposit-taking presence in the United States of America.

His initiative of Tony Elumelu Foundation founded in 2010 is the leading African philanthropic body empowering African entrepreneurs and championing African entrepreneurship. The foundation’s flagship initiative is a 10-year $100m commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs.

Mr. Solanke is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who contributed immensely to the legal profession in Nigeria. Her distinctive hard work, perseverance and commitment were recognized, acknowledged and rewarded by many institutions in Nigeria, Africa and the world.

Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo is a three-term Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was nominated and conferred with`. He is a recipient of the national award of Commander of the Order of Niger, CON. He is also a recipient of two honorary Doctorate degrees by the Maryam Abacha American University, Maradi, Niger Republic and Abia State University, Uturu.

His 16 years sojourn in the Senate brought about tremendous improvements in the lives of ordinary citizens of the Kano North Senatorial District. It has also attracted countless developmental projects that have impacted positively on the 13 Local Government Areas his zone in particular and the entire Kano State in general.

“None of the honourees requested or asked of it. Bayero University only awards its honourary Doctorate degrees on individuals who have enormously contributed to the growth and development of the country,” Vice Chancellor, Professor Yahuza Bello emphasized.

The University also conferred emeritus professorship on Professor Abdulkadir Dangambo, who retired from the services of the University since 2010 after serving meritoriously for 37 years, but has continued to serve the University through teaching, research and supervision of students.

Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Mr. Elumelu commended the management of Bayero University for honouring them and congratulated the University for graduating over 9,000 candidates. He said they were honoured with BUK’s prestigious honorary degrees being one of the leading Universities in Nigeria.

Earlier: BUK Convocation Ceremony: 9 Out of 13 First Class Graduands in Faculty of Life Sciences are Females

A wide applause greeted the 3rd Day of Bayero University’s 35th Convocation Ceremony, on Thursday, 13th June, 2019, when the Registrar, Fatima Binta Isyaku Mohammed announced that out of thirteen first-class graduands in the Faculty of Life Sciences,  nine were females.

The Senate members, academics and administrative staff; graduands, parents and other members of the public who were present clapped with joy, ecstasy and appreciation, having seen it as a positive step taken by females to be at par with their male counterparts.

Even among the first class graduands from the faculty, Latifat Abdulsalam emerged as the overall best with 4.92 CGPA to top Sadam Abubakar, 4.88;  Amina Salim Habib, 4.72; Rukayya Sa’ad Adam, 4.67;  Emmanuel David Abu, 4.64; Rahila Nkieru Hashim, 4.60; Bilkisu Ahmad, 4.60;  Mubina Hanga Magaji, 4.60; Ahmad Sadi Shitu, 4.54; Safiya Aliyu, 4.53; Raula Isa Bello, 4.52; Umar Adamu Hamza, 4.52 and Hafsat Muhammad Sule with 4.51.

When BUK Bulletin asked the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Ibrahim Lawan on the performance of female graduands, he said there was a high level of competition among the students and it helped them a lot to perform better.

Dr. Lawan pointed out that it was a remarkable achievement that the faculty would be proud of, noting that they really demonstrated capacity to do better. “We have seen what the graduands of this Convocation did. We hope females will continue in this direction so that the gap between them and their male counterparts will be significantly narrowed,” said the Dean.

The Dean added that the entire 13 first class graduands benefited hugely from the facilities installed by the University Management that provided enabling environment for learning and research.

The ceremony witnessed the graduation of 2,039 graduands from 7 faculties: Communication, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Management Sciences and Physical Sciences. Out of this number, 54 graduated with First Class Degree; 602, Upper Second Class; 932, Lower Second Class; 404, 3rd Class and 47 with Pass.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, congratulated the graduands and urged them to be good ambassadors of Bayero University, Kano, where ever they find themselves in future. “Where ever you find yourself, act with humility and decency, and be considerate and accommodative of others,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Earlier: BUK Convocation Ceremony (35th): 2,325 Graduands Convoked in Day 2

Bayero University on Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, graduated a total of 2,325 candidates from seven faculties on the second day of 35th Convocation Ceremonies.

The faculties are Arts and Islamic Studies, Allied Health Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences and School of Continuing Education.

The Deans of the faculties, Professor I.K Abdulsalam(FAIS), Dr. Abdullahi (Allied Health Sciences), Dr. M.A Salim (Basic Medical Sciences), Professor Mahmud Umar Sani (Clinical Sciences), Professor R.A Adebola (Dentistry), Dr. Nu’uman Habib (Social Sciences) and Dr. Lawan Malumfashi presented graduands from their faculties for handshakes with the Vice Chancellor.

“Distinguished guests, staggering Bayero University’s Convocation ceremony to span over a period of days as against the usual one-day affair has become institutionalized. The reason for staggering the Convocation ceremony is to give individual attention to each graduand, because each of them is indeed special to us. Today marks the second day of four days of activities aimed at appreciating, celebrating and savouring the joy that being triumphant brings,” said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello.

The distribution of the graduands shows that out of the 2,325, 15 graduated with 1st Class, 536, Second Class Upper; 1,190, Second Class Lower; 279 3rd Class; 12, Pass and 293, Unclassified.

Earlier: BUK Convocation Ceremony (35th): Indigent Graduand Emerges Best Student

Despite his financial challenges, Musa Adamu Yakubu has emerged as the best student in the Department of Radiography. He graduated as the best student in his class, winning most of the available prizes.

The graduand was presented to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello for a handshake and recognition before a large gathering on the 2nd day of BUK’s 35th Convocation ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, at the famous Convocation Arena.

The Vice Chancellor pointed out that a very special graduand, Musa Adamu Yakubu of the Department of Radiography, graduated as the best in his class. “This goes to show that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to achieve, whatever the challenges. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements in the face of the challenges he faced, we have decided to award him a special Vice Chancellor’s Prize. This will be given when prizes to all other deserving students are given, “the Vice-Chancellor explained.

In a brief interview with BUK Bulletin, the celebrant thanked Almighty Allah for the great honour bestowed in him to achieve this significant milestone in his academic career despite being financially handicapped.

Earlier: BUK Convocation Ceremony: 1,814 Convoked in Day 1, Blind Graduand Receives VC’s Special Award

A total of one thousand eight hundred and fourteen (1,814) graduands from the Faculties of Agriculture, Education and Computer Science and Information Technology were convoked on Monday, 10th June, 2019 on the first day of Bayero University’s 35th Convocation Ceremony.

Vice Chancellor and other Principal Officers in a group photograph with First Class Graduands

All the graduands from the three faculties were presented to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello for a handshake, which becomes the tradition of the University since the Convocation ceremonies were staggered

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bello congratulated the graduands for graduating from the University after being found worthy in both character and learning, urging them to be good ambassadors of the University wherever they find themselves in the future.

During the ceremony, a blind graduand, Abdullahi Umar Abdullahi received a special award of the Vice Chancellor having graduated with Second Class Upper from the Department of Special Education.

 “In spite of being physically challenged, Abdullahi, against all odds graduated with Second Class Upper Division with CGPA of 3.72.  This shows that disability is more in mind than of the body.

“The achievement by Malam Abdullahi during the 2017/2018 session coincides with the achievement of one of his lecturers. Bayero University is proud to produce its first blind professor in the person of Professor Jibrin Isa Diso of the same Department of Special Education,” said the Vice Chancellor.

The distribution of the graduands in the first day shows that 36 graduated with 1st Class Honours, 601 Second Class Upper, 940 Second Class Lower, 217 3rd Class and only 14 with the Pass.

Earlier: 105 Students to Bag First Class Degrees At BUK Convocation Ceremony

The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has revealed that about 105 students will graduate with first class degrees as the university holds her 35th convocation ceremonies this month.

About 105 out of 6,174 first degree graduands would be graduating with First Class from Bayero University Kano (BUK) during its 35th convocation ceremony scheduled to hold between 10 and 15 of June, 2019.

Addressing reporters in his office, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello said a total of 9, 571 graduands will partake in the convocation ceremony.

He said the number is made up of 6, 174 first degree graduands, 107 PhD graduands, 2, 269 Masters Degree graduands and 1, 039 postgraduate diploma degree graduands.

The Vice-Chancellor added that there was 11 per cent increase compared to the number of students that graduated last year which was put at 8, 634.

According to him, a blind undergraduate of the Department of Special Education, Abdullahi Umar Abdullahi is graduating with a Second Class Upper, while the University has spent N17 million for awarding scholarship to indigent students.

He explained that this year’s convocation ceremony was scheduled to hold for five days from June 10 to 15, adding that the institution would also confer honorary degrees on Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, Tony Elumelu and Folake Solanke.

Earlier: BUK 35th Convocation Ceremony: Programme of Events Details

The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has approved 10th to 16th June, 2019 as the approved days to conduct the 35th Convocation.

The Convocation is for the award of degrees, postgraduate degrees and diplomas as well as honorary degrees to deserving personalities.

The award of undergraduate degrees across faculties and School of Continuing Education (SCE) will be held between Tuesday, 11th and Thursday, 14th June, 2019, while the Convocation Lecture will hold on Friday, 15th June, 2019 and the Grand Finale has been slated for Saturday, 16th June, 2019 for the award of Postgraduate degrees and diplomas as well as honorary degrees.

Earlier: BUK 34th Convocation Ceremony Schedule 2016/2017

Bayero University, Kano, BUK 34th convocation ceremony date for the 2016/2017 academic session has been announced by the school authorities.

BUK Convocation Ceremony Schedule

The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano, Professor Muhammad, Yahuza Bello on behalf of council, Senate and entire University community cordially invites the general public to the 34th convocation ceremony.

BUK 34th convocation ceremony has been scheduled to hold as follows:


3rd April – 7th April, 2018.


9am Daily.


Convocation Arena, New Campus Gwarzo Road, Kano.

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