Imbibe the Qualities of an Eagle, Chancellor Charges New Graduates
Members of the 2017 graduating class of Covenant University have been encouraged to acquire the qualities of an Eagle for them to be able to make the desired outstanding accomplishments and exploits in life.
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, gave this charge to the graduates, dubbed ‘The Royal Set’, at the Chancellor’s Special Assembly held on Friday, July 21, 2017, following the 12th Convocation Ceremony of the University.
Describing the eagle as a strong bird with the ability to carry weightier things than itself, the Chancellor stated that no eagle can develop its wings in the nest as it has to learn to fly for its wings to be developed. “No eagle will ever be made in the nest, because every eagle is born an eaglet just like every man is born a child. The eaglet must subscribe to the dreadful training of the mother eagle to emerge an eagle,” he said.
Dr. Oyedepo explained further that just as you can never find a pilot without a co-pilot, the fresh graduates need a role model to play their roles well. He added that even after emerging an eagle, the eagle still needs a period of thirty days for roosting and as such, everybody needs a mentor or he is going nowhere. He affirmed that, “The kind of training you are subjected gives you the confidence that you can dare anything”.
While pointing out that the graduates must be diligent to put in their best and embrace sacrifice to go beyond their best, the Chancellor advised them to focus on being great citizens of Nigeria as it is great people that make a great nation and the new graduates are the emerging great people.
He encouraged them to be guided by the Lord and not by their inordinate ambition. “Don't be a spiritual or career wandering star. God has a place for you. Your star is not only in you, your star is in your assignment. You're not a king outside your field; locate your field and settle down there. Five percent of people make things happen, 25 percent watch things happen, while a whopping 70 percent don't know if anything is happening,” he stated.
Dr. Oyedepo emphasized that if the graduates must soar, they need to generate enough ground power for take-off. “They that walk, walk with many; they that run, run with a few but they that fly, fly alone. Never mind challenges, they are the platform for making a champion. Never mind the take-off challenge, every start-up must face a challenge,” he asserted.
Also at the event were the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; the Chaplain, Pastor Promise Omidiora; and other members of the University Management team.