The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Rahamon Bello, on Friday challenged matriculating students to distinguish themselves in their academics so as to enjoy the institution’s motivational package for scholars.
Bello spoke at the 2016/2017 Matriculation ceremony for fresh students of the university in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 7,882 new students were administered the matriculation oath by the vice-chancellor.
Giving a breakdown of the number of the matriculating students, the V-C said that 7,882 students, representing 18.69 per cent, met the admissions criteria after a thorough screening.
He explained that 38,140 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) applicants and 4,310 direct entries, totaling 42, 440 applicants, began the selection process.
He said that out of the figure, 25,883 candidates scored 200 and above at the UTME.
Accordingly, 19,732 presented themselves for screening.
He told the matriculating students that gaining admission into the 54-year-old institution was not only noble, but also glorious.
The V-C added that completing the matriculation process was not the end of their journey to obtain tertiary education.
“It is the first step of a journey that will determine your future.
“It, therefore, requires you all to be determined, diligent, focus and resilient.
“You must show the zeal to acquire academic excellence for which this university is reputed.
“Shun cultism, indecent and immoral behaviours and other vices that can mar or abruptly end your sojourn here; as all forms of misconduct and misbehaviours will not be condoned,’’ Bello warned.
He urged the students to work hard to distinguish themselves in their academics as the university had a motivational package for scholars.
The university registrar, thereafter, administered the matriculation oath on the students on faculty basis.
The students had early in the week, taken on a familiarisation tour of the university as part of the orientation.