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The Chancellor and Founder, Madonna University, Nigeria, Very Rev. Fr. Prof.

Emmanuel Mathew Paul Edeh, CSSp, OFR,

The Chairman Board of Trustees, Madonna University, Nigeria, Chief Sonny

Odogwu, OFR,

The Pro-Chancellor and Members of the University Governing Council,

Other Vice-Chancellors here present,

Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Principal Officers of Madonna University, Nigeria,

My Lords Spiritual and Temporal,

Your Royal Highnesses,

Esteemed guests of the University,

Members of Madonna University, Nigeria, Senate,

Distinguished Academic and Administrative Staff of Madonna University, Nigeria,

Honourable Alumni of Madonna University, Nigeria,

Great Madonna University, Nigeria, Students,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

I heartily welcome you to this great occasion marking our 15th convocation

ceremony for the award of first degrees to our deserving students.

Let us start by appreciating the young men and women who are today receiving

their first degrees after their successful formation as worthy ambassadors of this

great University with a difference. These young ones, ladies and gentlemen,

represent the best specimen of academically and morally packaged graduates. We

congratulate them. We are assuring them that given the stuff they are made of the present economic state of Nigeria will in no way obstruct them for being the best

they can be.

My dear grandaunts, we are releasing you today like eagles to soar to the highest height we know you can. Given the success of your predecessors, we have no doubt that you will soon register your individual marks on the sand of time.

Permit me to remind you that in less than twenty years of the existence of this great

University, we have turned out high flyers in the fields of Medicine, Pharmacy,

Nursing, Optometry, Medical Laboratory Science, Law, Engineering, to mention

but a few. These Alumni are making their marks all over Europe, America, Asia,

Oceania, Africa and here at home as entrepreneurs and outstanding employees.

They could not have done less given the quality of academic and moral training

they received from Madonna University, Nigeria.

Our University has fared well. You may wish to know that almost all the 39

academic programmes of this great University enjoy Full National Universities ...

Commission (NUC) Accreditation status. None of our Programmes has a denied

accreditation status. For clarity sake, let me remind you that a Full Accreditation

means that the programmes so accredited has an unhindered right to admit and

graduate students for 5years before reaccreditation. At the moment no private

University in Nigeria has equaled this record.

Following from the above, permit me to give you a glimpse into our recent academic records. Starting with our Faculty of Law, one of our recent Law

graduates, Ishiguzoro Ifeanyi, was one of the best graduating lawyers in the last

Call-to-Bar of the Nigerian Law School. He came out with a first class in their

final law school examinations; a feat which attracted a letter of commendation

from the authorities of Nigeria Law School to Madonna University, Nigeria.

On the 20th day of February 2018, the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council

of Nigeria inducted a total of fifty seven (57) medical graduates of our college of

medicine thus making them the 9th batch of Medical doctors produced by our

college of medicine. The college is getting ready to present a 10th batch before the

end of 2018.

Our Medical Laboratory Science programme added to the pool of professional

Medical Laboratory Scientists a total of two hundred and three (203) MLS

graduates. The graduates, many of whom are here present, were inducted into their profession Thursday, February 22, 2018 by the Registrar, MLSN. They represent

our 14th batch of Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Come March 02, 2018, our Department of Optometry will produce 42 Optometrists during an induction ceremony to be performed by the Registrar, Optometrists and

Dispensing Opticians Board of Nigeria. They will be our 5th batch of Optometrists.

Our Faculty of Pharmacy will be inducting our 12th batch of Pharmacists come

April 2018. Let us summarize by saying that the production of high caliber

professionals is our core commitment. On this we have ever delivered to the glory

of God.

Our secret lies in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and motivated

academic and administrative staff. Our collaboration with Universities in the

Philippines, USA, UK, Ghana and Cameroon has been of immense advantage to our University and our students. We thank them all for sharing in our commitment to excellence.

Finally, I thank immensely the Founder and Chancellor of this great University,

Very Rev. Fr. Prof E.M.P. Edeh whose metaphysical concept of man as

ontologically good has helped us shape our graduands as best "good that is".

We also thank in a special way our guests for making out time to share in our joy.

To all whose tireless efforts have helped to shape today's event, we say thank you.

God bless you all.


Professor Chuks Emmanuel Ezedum, Ph.D


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