The waiting days for the 2011/2012 graduation ceremony of Nigeria’s most preferred varsity, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) may soon be over as unconfirmed reports from the institution’s Senate House say the top guns of the varsity, after a closed-door meeting, Friday, set February 7th through 9th as the new date for the anticipated ceremonies.
An inside source told Newsray that the ceremonies will last a day longer than the traditional two days. the additional day has been set aside to confer honourary degrees on about six distinguished Nigerians.
UNILAG, however, has not made an official announcement as at the time of filing this report.
The Golden Jubilee Convocation, earlier scheduled to take place between January 17th and 19th, was postponed indefinitely raising fears that President Goodluck Jonathan, still hurting from the rejection of the name change he proposed for the school, may want to leverage on the fact that the event needs presidential approval as a last ditch attempt to impose his protest-provoking decision.
Though the university did not state any reason for the postponement, sources claimed that the development followed the president’s insistence to rename UNILAG as Moshood Abiola University of Lagos and effect the change in its certificates as a condition for holding the convocation.
The presidential proposal may be as good as dead as the House of Representatives just recently trashed his proposal.
Another source close to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Bello, however, gave a different twist to the shifting of the date.
The anonymity-craving source told Newsray that the president asked UNILAG to postpone the convocation so he could honour her request to attend in person as he was scheduled to attend a function at another university scheduled for the initial date the school had chosen.
Our source said the school authorities were willing to fix a later date that would be convenient for Nigeria’s numero uno to attend in person, hence the necessity of the postponement.
If all indications from the Senate House are anything to go by, President Jonathan is likely to attend the school’s Golden Jubilee Convocation. That may, however, not be the only surprise come February as the graduating students may just discover that MAULAG, not UNILAG is their alma mata.