BY SUNDAY OMEIKE

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McPherson University has discharged a total of 12 graduates who emerged with first-class honours and 74 others who bagged a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in the second-class division.

The institution, which is situated in Seriki-Sotayo, Ogun state, held its 5th convocation ceremony on Saturday.

Precious Edineaval Aduekpe, a graduate of Accounting who had become a chartered accountant at 300 level, emerged the overall best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.97 of a five-point total.

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The ceremony witnessed the graduation of a total of 92 students across various disciplines.

Among those who graced the event are Sam Aboyegi, the visitor of the institution and general overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, and Michael Faborode, a professor and former VC of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun state.

In his speech titled ‘Unto greater heights’, Adeniyi Agunbiade, the vice-chancellor of the Foursquare Church-owned university, urged the latest graduates of the institution to uphold the standard of integrity imbibed in them.

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He noted that, while the graduands, who he called ‘noble class’, had been of good behavior during the nationwide lockdown brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, they should continue on the path as they go into the future.

“Of truth, yours was a noble class and an honourable set of people. Today, we are all celebrating you because you have conquered!” Agunbiade, who doubles as a professor of Biochemistry, said.

“As Nobles, you must know where you are going. Noble teams maintain a high standard of integrity.

“I urge you to step out and forge ahead with the vision and motto of McPherson University, ‘building a people of Excellence and Integrity for Service.’

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“Go out and affect your generation for the betterment of the society and to the glory of God.”

Also speaking at the event, Isaiah Oyekola, the valedictorian of the graduating set, who delivered a speech titled ‘My Experience in McPherson University’, said that a bachelors’ degree is just the beginning.

“To me, BA and BSc mean ‘Beginning of Achievement’ and ‘Beginning of Success’ respectively. There are still greater heights to climb. Please eandeavour to continually achieve more success in life,” he stated.

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