Amidst distinguished and eminent personalities, proud parents and well-wishers, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) celebrated her first Convocation Ceremony at the Power of Faith Building, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.
An Environmental Sanitation of the host community, Agbarha-Otor heralded the week-long Convocation activities. The entire University community then turned out to create awareness about the upcoming Convocation Ceremony in a rally that spanned from Ughelli to Warri.
On Sunday, September 1, 2019, MCIU held an Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service. Rt. Rev. Cyril. O. Odutemu, the Bishop of the Ughelli Diocese, thanked Almighty God for His Faithfulness and mercies over the entire school community. While admonishing the Graduating Class, on the parable of the mustard seed and the yeast (Mathew 13: 31-32), Rt. Rev. Cyril. O. Odutemu emphasized the need to be diligent and to have trust in God.
On Monday, the Cecilia Ibru American Football Camp started in earnest with well over 90 players across Nigeria. The camp which lasted for four days was led by Coach Trevin Howard (USA), Coach Dominic Muller (Germany) and the University’s Coach Mike Akpan (Nigeria). The University Community also had an interesting time at Hon. Bukky Ojuade Tennis Tournament, which featured staff and student players.
The University Liaison Office (Abuja) hosted the Press Conference in which the Convocation Ceremony and MCIU’s partnership with Galilee Management Institute (GMI), Israel, was announced. MCIU was represented by Mr. Joseph Bitrus (Executive Director, MCF) and Mrs. Annie Essienette (Executive Director, Marketing and Strategy), while GMI was represented by Dr. Joseph Shevel and Mr. Gabriel Or.
The Convocation Ceremony was declared open by the Chancellor, Dr. Cecilia Ibru. In her Welcome Address, Dr. Cecilia Ibru congratulated the Graduands on ending their academic journey successfully. She further urged them to continually imbibe excellence in all that they do.
“One of the values we have raised you with here is excellence, the ability to be outstanding in all that you do. From now on, write out your goals and plan for your future, work hard towards making it a reality, learn to put in the work and remember that taking a shortcut to success ends in pain.”
Mr Benson Uwheru, a partner at Ernst and Young, (one of the youngest Nigerians to achieve this feat) gave a highly engaging talk on Reengineering the Mindset of the Youth on Inclusiveness towards National Development. He shared his own struggle to success and also pointed out that for any Nation to develop and attain its goals, the youth play a significant role in the process.
“It is about transforming the mind to see things differently and to take a course of action to achieve greater results. A re-engineered mindset can rise above the majority, develop qualities and disciplines that the average person lacks in life, it is a special kind of person with uncommon beliefs and mentality. The most important factor in achieving great success is not money. It is the kind of person you must become, to earn that money and then hold on to it”.
The guest lecturer, Dr. Joseph Shevel gave a talk on the Convocation Theme- Jump-starting the Nigerian Economy using the Israeli Model with particular reference to human capital.
While stating the importance of Agriculture in any economy, Dr Shevel stated that “we must develop Agriculture and other sectors today to make sure that 900 million people can be nourished and fed by 2050. He said the main fear is that today’s farmers will stop farming their lands, which will come as a great loss in every country of the world.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape, in her Address reported the rapid growth of the University, which was made possible by partnerships and collaborations with other Universities in Nigeria and Abroad.
These partnership agreements would allow the University access to funds from international organizations and foundations for collaborative research activities and provision of equipment to enhance teaching, research, and development.
The highlight of the event was the Conferment of First Degrees, Honorary Doctorates and Presentation of Prizes. Among the 26 graduating students, there were 4 First Class Honours, 12 Second Class (upper) Honours and 10 Second Class Lower Honours Degrees.
Honorary Doctorate Degrees were conferred on
(1) Olorogun (Dr) Moses O. Taiga, President General, Urhobo Progressive Union Worldwide (Honorary Doctorate of Science in Business Administration).
(2) Dr. Joseph Shevel, President, Galilee Management Institute, Israel, (Honorary Doctorate of Science in Management).
(3) Mr. Benson Uwheru Partner, Ernst & Young (Honorary Doctorate of Science in Financial Management).
The Valedictorian, Richard Isheke, said “My first day in MCIU, I made up my mind to graduate with a First Class Degree and I wrote down my vision to graduate with a CGPA of 4.52, but I am graduating with a CGPA of 4.92.”
Richard said it is crucial for the Graduands to keep in mind all they have learned so far, “Today we are Graduands and tomorrow we are leaders, be proud of yourselves. The future is waiting for us like a book, waiting for the stories we are going to write, let’s go out and live a good life.”
The Ceremony ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Cecilia Ibru and the Closing Prayer by Rev. Calvins Nakso.
Concluding the Week-long Ceremony, a Memorial/Thanksgiving Service was held in honour of the Founder, Olorogun (Dr.) Michael C.O Ibru, OFR (1930 – 2016) at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Agbarha-Otor, to thank God for the life he lived, impacts he made, and for a successful Convocation Ceremony.
Michael and Cecilia Ibru University is a private University located in Delta State, Nigeria. The Michael and Cecilia Ibru University(MCIU) has been established to produce high quality graduates of international standard, who can compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere, anytime in the world.