When the University of Lagos (UNILAG) holds its 60th Special Anniversary Convocation next Wednesday, 83-year-old Dayo Michael Duyile will be among the Ph.D. graduands.
The school’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Folasade Ogunsola disclosed this in her Tuesday pre-convocation press conference at the UNILAG Senate Chambers.
“The oldest graduating student is (Male) Duyile, Dayo Michael who obtained his Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the age of 83,” she said during the event at Akoka.
“Incidentally, Duyile, Dayo Michael was the Daily Times of Nigeria journalist who covered the Opening Ceremony event of the University of Lagos on October 3, 1962.”
The media veteran won’t be the only history maker on the day. Another octogenarian Okonji Obiageli bagged a postgraduate degree.
“The oldest graduating student is (Female) OKONJI, Bridget Obiageli who obtained her M.Ed. in Guidance and Counselling at the age of 82 years,” Professor Ogunsola added.
While giving further details about the event, she said the 53rd convocation ceremony will only feature postgraduate students. The move was necessitated by the eight-month industrial action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which she described as “a great setback to scholarship.”
“As a result of these challenges, the University will be conferring only Postgraduate diplomas, Masters and Doctorate degrees as well as the University of Lagos Gold Medal honourary awards at this convocation,” she explained.
“A total of 2,251 graduating students will receive their degrees, diplomas, and certificates; out of this number, 67 will receive Postgraduate diplomas, 2,119 will receive Masters degrees while 65 will receive Doctorate degrees.”