Amidst distinguished and eminent personalities, proud parents, and well-wishers, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) celebrated its 5th and 6th combined matriculation ceremony at the Power of Faith Building, MCIU, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.
The matriculation ceremony, which also coincided with the Founder’s Day celebration, was an opportunity to celebrate the Chancellor, Dr. Mrs. Cecilia Ibru, who turned a spectacular 75!
Representing the Chancellor, Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape, constituted the Assembly and officially declared the ceremony open. After that, the Chancellor delivered her welcome address charging the matriculating students to actively run with a vision and be worthy ambassadors of the University.
Dr. Cecilia Ibru further implored them to take advantage of the institution’s extra-curricular initiatives like the Center of Innovation and Technical Entrepreneurship (CITE) and the Urhobo Innovation Hub (UIH); both set up to help MCIU students hone their skills and develop an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset.
One of the Guest Speakers at the occasion, Dr. Benson Uwheru, a partner at leading global consultancy firm, Ernst & Young, gave an engaging talk about the need for the matriculants to be proactive in their pursuit of academic success. He charged them to be knowledge seekers as we are in the golden age of information. Dr. Uwheru also stated that the most significant thing anyone can sell is knowledge. “Knowledge is the key to triumph, and as young people, you must decide how you utilize the knowledge you acquire,” he said while delivering his lecture.
Erudite academician, Prof. Leslie Dabor spoke on career development and the need to challenge the status quo in their pursuit of excellence constantly. He stated that education is meant to open one’s mind, and discipline comes through education. He reiterated that education destroys the inferiority complex and builds confidence.
Vice-Chancellor of MCIU, Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape, in her opening address, congratulated the new students and their parents for witnessing such a great occasion.
She challenged the students that their matriculation is an enlistment to hard work for intellectual development and advised them to be diligent and industrious in their academic pursuits. She urged them to shun vices like examination malpractice, cultism, sexual harassment, and fighting as they attract sanctions that can lead to rustication or expulsion.
The event’s highlight was oath-taking by the matriculating students and cutting the 75th birthday cake of the Chancellor, Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru, OFR.