Addressing the about 5, 305 students admitted for the 2017/2018 academic session, Prof Ajibefun told the matriculating students to consider themselves lucky to be among the 18.10 percent chosen from the over 29, 307 candidates who picked AAUA as first choice, pointing out that only a negligible percentage of students seeking admission to universities in the country get admitted at the end of every year.
He said, “A university is a destination for knowledge seekers, potential leaders, thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs who are bent on gaining knowledge with a view to turning their societies around, impacting humanity and making the world a better place.
“A matriculation ceremony is, therefore, an occasion for making these potential leaders to swear to an oath and to formally admit them into this enviable class.
Membership of this class is for a privileged few who the society looks up to for impact, direction and leadership.
This is because the university, like leadership, is composed of a few who give direction for the teeming population to follow.
“It is not therefore a surprise that, every year, the number of candidates given university admission worldwide is small in comparison to admission seekers.
Of the over 20, 000 candidates that applied to Adekunle Ajasin University this year for instance, only 5, 305, representing about 18.10 per cent were admitted.
“Belonging to this privileged few is an opportunity that you should guard jealously by concentrating on your studies and avoiding acts that can rob you of your dream.”
The vice chancellor assured the new students of the quality and track records of the institution.
He listed the distinguishing factors of the university to include its merit-driven admission policy, quality and award-winning staff, relevant infrastructures and a conducive environment that drives research and