UNILAG Welcomes 8,448 New Students in Grand Matriculation Ceremony for 2023/2024

UNILAG Welcomes 8,448 New Students in Grand Matriculation Ceremony for 2023/2024

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be one of the chosen few out of tens of thousands? Over 8,000 students have just embarked on this prestigious journey at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), a beacon of excellence in academia. The recent Matriculation Ceremony, a vibrant and significant event, welcomed these students into the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 academic sessions. What does it take to stand out in such a competitive selection process, and how might this mark the beginning of something extraordinary in their lives?

In a striking display of academic celebration, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) recently welcomed a new cohort of students at its colourful Matriculation Ceremony. On February 2, 2024, at the Jelili Omotola Hall, an impressive 8,448 candidates out of more than 53,000 applicants were formally inducted into the studentship for the combined academic sessions of 2022/2023 and 2023/2024.
🏛️ University University of Lagos (UNILAG)
🎓 Students 8,448 Admitted from 53,000 Applicants
📅 Academic Years Merged 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 Sessions
📍 Location Jelili Omotola Hall, UNILAG
🎉 Event Matriculation Ceremony
🔊 Guest Speaker Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development
🎁 Special Moment Laptop Gift to a Student for Correct Answer
📜 VC’s Message “Explore, Dream and Discover”

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A Day of Celebration and Inspiration
The Matriculation Ceremony: A Grand Affair

Dressed elegantly, the matriculants, representing all faculties and the College of Medicine, filled the halls to capacity. Their excitement was palpable as they greeted the University Procession, which made its majestic entry to the podium.
The Official Proceedings

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, OON, FAS, ceremoniously declared the event open. Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olakunle Makinde, promptly administered the Matriculation Oath to the students, signifying their formal entry into the various faculties.
Guest of Honour: A Special Message

The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Bolaji Ogunlende, graced the occasion, sharing valuable experiences and advice. He emphasised the importance of setting and steadfastly pursuing goals for a successful future.

A Surprise Gesture of Generosity

In a delightful twist, Commissioner Ogunlende tested the students’ attentiveness with a question. Ms. Inioluwa Akinboboye, from the Department of History & Strategic Studies, answered correctly, earning the reward of a brand-new laptop.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Visionary Address

Professor Ogunsola’s Message to the Students:Congratulations on Your Achievement: The Vice-Chancellor lauded the students for being among the select few to gain admission.
UNILAG’s Commitment to Excellence: Emphasising the university’s reputation for breeding leaders, Professor Ogunsola assured the students of comprehensive support throughout their academic journey.
A Call to Explore, Dream, and Discover: She encouraged the students to challenge the status quo and contribute to national development.
The Closing of a Significant Chapter

With the Vice-Chancellor’s declaration, the Matriculation Ceremony formally concluded the admission process for the 2023/2024 Academic Session. For a full text of Professor Ogunsola’s inspiring address, click here.
In Summary

This Matriculation Ceremony marked not just the beginning of an academic journey for over 8,000 students but also a commitment from UNILAG to nurture and develop leaders of character and intellect. As these students embark on this significant phase of their lives, the words “Explore, Dream, Discover” will undoubtedly resonate, guiding them towards a future filled with possibility and achievement.

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