On Saturday, April 8, 2023, Arthur Jarvis University, Cross River State’s first licensed private university, held its convocation ceremony.
A total of 240 students graduated from the university, marking a significant milestone for the institution.
During the ceremony, the university’s administration urged the young graduates to take responsibility for their communities by helping to clean up society’s mess.
The graduates were asked to remove their sleeves and participate in the cleaning exercise to demonstrate their commitment to this call.
Addressing the graduates, the University Chancellor, Sir Arthur Javis Archibong, emphasized that the university is not a rehabilitation centre for drug users, unruly students, and cultists.
He expressed disappointment in parents who neglect their responsibilities and allow society to shape their children’s behaviour.
“I have come to a rather distasteful conclusion that not all parents deserve to be so-called. When you renege on your responsibility and allow society to mould your children into what they become, you not only fail your children but also fail society,” he said.
In recognition of some of the graduates’ outstanding academic performances, the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ani Nkang, announced that several prizes would be awarded to deserving students.
According to Professor Nkang, the graduands are divided into the following categories: 18 students received first-class honours, 115 received second-class upper division, and 91 received second-class lower division. Notably, 161 of the graduates received passing grades.
The convocation ceremony was a watershed moment for the Arthur Jarvis University community, ushering in a new chapter in the institution’s history and demonstrating the institution’s commitment to academic excellence.