Chancellor admonishes parents to encourage wards imbibe varsity training mode
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, has urged parents and guardians of students of the university to ensure that their wards align with the institution’s training mode so that they can be listed among the new generation of leaders.
Oyedepo gave the advice at the 19th Matriculation ceremony of Covenant University, featuring undergraduate and postgraduate of the 2020/2021 academic session.
In his presentation titled, ‘What is Unique about Covenant University, the Chancellor said that every engineering-based invention required a mold for production, stating that it was the ‘mold’ of training that defined the outcome of the trainee.
The mold, he said, had found its foundation in Covenant’s well-defined mandate, which was to raise a new generation of leaders through a qualitative and life-applicable training system focused on value and skill development among others.
Covenant’s three-fold mandate, Oyedepo said, was powered by the institution’s founding philosophy, which he said encompassed a departure from form to skill, a departure from knowledge to empowerment, a departure from figures to future-building, a departure from legalism to realism, a departure from points to facts, and departure from ‘mathe-matics’ to ‘life-matics’.
He emphasized that Covenant’s three-fold mandate was propelled by core values based on spirituality, possibility mentality, capacity building, integrity, responsibility, diligence, and sacrifice.
“Today, Covenant University produces the most employable graduates in Nigeria and has continued to earn this award over the years. This is why we focus on equipping the persons of our students, so they can continue to generate impact in their various vocations in life and that without prejudice to the pursuit of academic excellence,” he remarked.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, said the university was committed to making her graduates expert thinkers, leader-managers, and hyper resourceful technocrats in all fields of human endeavour.
He said the matriculation ceremony was significant because it completed the students’ admission process and bestowed full rights and privileges of studentship on matriculated students, having subscribed to the Covenant of allegiance to the ethos of the institution.
“The performance of our graduates in the world of work has consistently validated this commitment. Our methodology for developing entrepreneurially minded students had witnessed the rise of viable startups, such as PiggyVest, KoraPay, ThriveAgric, Wilson Lemonade, Agrorite.com, and Softcom having a global appeal.
Employers’ feedback on our graduates in employment attest to their enviable character and skill in the workplace,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Registrar, Dr. Oluwasegun Omidiora, assured parents that with the cutting edge education on offer in the university, the university would in a few years return the students to their parents and guardians as well-rounded graduates.