The school management of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on Friday said that no fewer than 5,000 graduates would be awarded various degrees at its 5th convocation scheduled for January 16 in Abuja.
The NOUN’s Director of Media and Information, Dr. Ronke Ogunmakin, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the university’s Senate was computing the exact figure of the graduates involved.
The convocation lecture, slated for January 15, is scheduled hold at the permanent site of the university in Abuja.
The theme of the lecture, to be delivered by Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, the Vice-Chancellor of Sokoto State University, is: “Open and Distance Education and Socioeconomic Development.”
Ogunmakin, earlier in a statement obtained by NAN, said the convocation was for conferment of certificates, diplomas, Bachelor degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.
The statement said Masters and Honourary Doctorate degrees would also be conferred on graduates of the institution found worthy in character and learning, as well as other deserving individuals.
According to the statement, the lecture will be chaired by Prof. Sulaiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
It said the hosting of the 5th convocation at the permanent site of the institution would ensure the inauguration of its Senate building.
The statement said the Senate Building, the main administrative block of the university, also housed a Specialist Hospital of the university sponsored by TETFUND. According to the statement, the building will also house the School of Health Sciences, already relocated to Abuja from Lagos.