GOUNI 11TH MATRICULATION: PIONEERS OF THE SECOND DECADE
“Godfrey Okoye University is the extra mile”. These were the words of Master Ndah Jonathan, one of the matriculating students at the University’s 11th matriculation ceremony held on 8 January 2020 at the Hon. Justice Cordelia Chukwurah Convocation arena, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu.
The event started with a procession of matriculating students, members of staff, principal officers, invited guests and the Vice Chancellor of the University.
The Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Christian Anieke, after the opening prayer and anthem, declared the event open. During his opening address, he officially welcomed the new students into the University in these words: “You are the pioneer students of the second decade of Go-university.” He challenged the students to use every opportunity in the university in order to achieve success. He also urged them to be disciplined within and outside the university, as they had become ambassadors of the university. He thanked parents and guardians of the matriculating students for choosing Godfrey Okoye for their children, promising that the University would help them realize their dreams and aspirations for their children or wards. He also expressed profound gratitude to the academic and administrative staff of the University for their perseverance and hard work.
Sequel to this, was the declaration of loyalty by the matriculating students and their formal admission, anchored by the University’s Registrar, Dr. Nnamdi Ene.
Highlights of the events included speeches from dignitaries, friends and parents who attended the occasion. The following persons gave their goodwill messages:
• The Chief Justice of Enugu State High Court, Hon. Justice N. P Emehelu represented by Barr. C. A Ogbuabor
• The Commissioner for Education, Enugu State – Prof. Uche Eze
• The Former Chief Judge, Anambra state – Hon. Philip Umeadi
• Member Go-uni Board of Trustees- Prof. Dr. Joseph Chidobem
• Member Go-uni Governing Council – Mr. Peter Mbah
• Chairman of the Parents’ Forum Association, Chief Gabriel Okafor
While congratulating the students, they reiterated the need for discipline, prayer and hard work as key to success. They also promised to continue to support the university and students at all times.
Parents and Guardians of the matriculating students were also welcomed into the community, as they were now part of the Parents’ Forum Association, which is an important body of the University.
One of the matriculating students, Mr. Jonathan Nsiobong, on behalf of the students, expressed his joy for the opportunity to be a student of the University. He called on his fellow students to work hard as they journey through their academic road in the University.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor- for-One-Day, Miss Scholastica Ogbodo, advised the new students to work and pray hard. She also presented money contributed by students of the University to help pay the fees of their fellow students who were financially challenged.
The event was declared closed by the Vice Chancellor who then invited Fr. Dr. Ikechukwu Ani to say the closing prayer. This was followed by the National Anthem. A procession in reverse order was led by the Vice Chancellor (with befitting music by the Godfrey Okoye University Secondary School band).