Chancellor Tasks Students on Responsible Academic Engagement in Omega Semester
“There are certain things you cannot be in the future, if you do not make adequate preparation and pay the required price. So take responsibility.”
This was the wakeup call by the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, to the students of the University, at the ‘Welcome Assembly’ of the Omega (second) Semester, of the 2016/2017 Academic session. Dr. Oyedepo, speaking on the ‘Place of Responsibility in the Fulfillment of Destiny’, noted that those who do not sit up today can never lead tomorrow, adding that ‘Everyone’s future is determined by the investment they make towards their tomorrow.’
The Chancellor told the students that their tomorrow was a function of what they were doing with the present, and taking adequate responsibility today was vital to taking the lead in future. He averred that, that was why Covenant University, as an institution of learning, is not only about teaching students to graduate, but mentor them to become great men and women.
Dr. Oyedepo counseled the students to maximize their present stage, if they hope to fulfill their God given destiny. “You cannot squander your youth and expect a better tomorrow,” he admonished.
The Chancellor stated further that there are pathways for everyone in life. He warned that it is either they sign up for the pains of discipline which guarantees a glorious life or they subscribe to the pains of regret, which out weighs the pains of discipline. In his words, “Choose the pains of discipline and you will be free from the pains of regrets.”
He posited that the Core Values which the University holds sacred have been carefully put together towards nurturing destinies so, as to make the most of their journey in life. Any student that accepts spiritual responsibility, he said, has simply sought empowerment for a higher responsibility in all spheres of life.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, who gave an overview of the University’s academic performance, in the Alpha Semester, said the results of the Alpha Semester examination showed that 93.8% of students were in academic good standing, with a pass rate of 96.7%.
Professor Atayero commended faculty, staff and students for their dedication and committed engagement that brought laurels and positive mentions to the University during the Alpha Semester.
Delivering the welcome message, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, told the gathering that the Omega Semester was a unique semester in the university calendar, because it always herald the beginning of a new year which signifies a period of distinction and change of levels for students and scholars in the University. He urged them to maximize the new season.
The university’s ‘Welcome Assembly’ is the spiritual curtain raiser that kick-starts activity in the university academic calendar at beginning of every semester.