By Nick Chibunna
The 2013/2014 matriculation ceremony of the Imo State University, Owerri has been described as the mother of all matriculations as over 4,300 candidates were officially admitted into the various disciplines in the institution.
The event which took place penultimate Friday at the main campus attracted parents and guardians, friends and well-wishers of the matriculants and the university.
According to the institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nze Raph A.C. Njokuobi (KSM, JP), the new arrangement in which the 2013/2014 ceremony was held simultaneously in various faculties was designed to manage the crowd expected at such events.
In his address to the newly admitted students, read on his behalf by Deans of the various faculties, the Imo State University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ukachukwu A. Awuzie congratulated them for choosing the institution as an academic and intellectual garden and workshop from where they would make their differences in life.
He urged them to work very hard by expanding their intellectual horizons and soar like the eagle.
The erudite scholar who described the Imo State University as one of the most subscribed universities in the country, admonished the matriculants to shun cultism, prostitution, indecent dressing, examination misconducts and other social vices. He extolled the free education policy of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, describing the governor as the grand commander of free education.
Prof. Awuzie also paid glowing tribute to Mazi Clement Owunna, the pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council of the University for attracting several developmental projects which have given the institution a face lift.
Still urging the new entrants to grab the present opportunity with both hands, he described them as “children of the Dawn of a New Vision”.
At the main auditorium of the university, where the Faculty of Science held its matriculation ceremony, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Romanus Keke also enjoined the new undergraduates to work very hard in order to fulfill their mission and vision in life.
The highpoint of the event was solemn declaration by the new students in which they promised to obey the vice chancellor, and abide by the rules and regulations governing the institution.
Personalities who attended this year’s matriculation include, top government functionaries, politicians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, friends of the institution and the immediate past acting vice chancellor, Prof. B.E.B Nwoke.
The upsurge, students in Imo State University has been attributed to the free education policy of the present Imo State government which the institution’s V.C. said is real and working.
Parents and guardians who spoke to Christian Voice described the event as dreams come true, and praised the Imo State government for the free tuition policy. On their part, the new undergraduates thanked the Almighty God for the new opportunity.