18 students have bagged First Class from Arthur Jarvis University (AJU) in a first-ever convocation held on Saturday, April 8, 2023, as the university awarded certificates and Bachelor’s degrees to a total of 251 graduating students.
CONVERSEER reports that AJU, the first private University to be fully licensed in Cross River State, which is located in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state also had 115 students securing a Second Class (Upper Division) and 91 students grabbing another Second Class (Lower Division), among others.
The convocation is the first since the varsity was established in 2016 and a combination of convocation for 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 graduands.
Speaking at the ceremony conducted on the grounds of Arthur Jarvis University in Akpabuyo, Prof. Ani Nkang, the vice-chancellor of the school, advised the graduating students to continue to instil a culture of discipline, hard work, integrity, and quality wherever they are.
His words: “We hope that you will maintain strong links with the University and assist it in building up an enduring reputation.
“I take this opportunity to welcome you into the Arthur Jarvis University Alumni Association, on registration, you will be on the alumni portal to receive regular updates on the University”.
Furthermore, Nkang who disclosed that the institution has initiated the process of starting a School of Postgraduate Studies with the National Universities Commission (NUC), also informed that “in order to promote the quick realisation of this objective, the University management has approved the creation of the Graduate Assistantship cadre for First Class graduates of Arthur Jarvis University”.
The graduate students were urged by the vice chancellor to apply for and take advantage of the graduate assistantship programme’s chances.
He also said that the institution’s nursing students will take the General and Post-Basic Nurses professional exams in May 2023 with their peers from throughout the nation.
Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong, Chancellor of the University, stated that anyone captured will face consequences and that the institution was not a rehabilitation clinic for drug users, rowdy students, or cultists.
Speaking to the audience, Sir Arthur Jarvis underlined the necessity for parents to take an active role in being the first guardians of their children’s education.
He claims that this demonstrates the university’s commitment to a holistic approach to education that includes parents and guardians’ active involvement in the educational process.
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“As an investor in education, a school administrator, father and friend to our students, I have come to a rather distasteful conclusion that not all parents deserve to be so-called.
“When you renege on your responsibilities and allow for the society to mould your children into what they become, you don’t only fail as a parent you also fail the society”, Archibong said.
The chancellor made a hint that almost 100 students from the Cross River State host communities of Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas had received full scholarships from his office, and that over 400 more students would follow suit within the next five years, receiving full training and being prepared for international competition.
The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, also spoke and urged the state’s residents to make use of the opportunity provided by the foundation of the school by sending their children to the University rather than sending them to distant institutions.
The three best-graduating students, Yeneochia Agbor of Biological Sciences (2020/2021) with a 4.92 CGPA, Edidiong Edet of Political Science Department (2019/2020) with a 4.73 CGPA and Diligence Benson of Physics Department (2021/2022) with 4.70 CGPA, in separate interviews attributed their successes to God while also admitting that hardwork and consistent focus was key to them emerging the best in their various field of study.
CONVERSEER learned that Arthur Jarvis University (AJU) is one of the most affordable private universities in Nigeria.
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