No fewer than 9,549 graduates of The Polytechnic, Ibadan at the weekend received various certificates the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND).
Rector of the institution, Prof Olatunde Fawole, made this known during the institution’s 32nd/33rd combined convocation.
Said Fawole: “The Polytechnic Ibadan is graduating a total number of 9,549 students for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2016 academic sessions
“A breakdown of this shows that the Faculty of Financial Management Studies has 1,773; Faculty of Business and Communications Studies has 2,794; Faculty of Engineering has 1,627; Faculty of Environmental Studies has 1,435; while Faculty of Science has 1,920.
“All the programmes being run by this institution are fully accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
“Two new programmes – National Diploma in Library and Information Science; and Higher National Diploma in Mechatronics – are expected to commence this academic session.’’
Fawole urge the graduands to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, moral standard and dedication.
He said: “You are going into the larger world that is different from the campus. The spirit of tolerance, high moral standard and dedication to duty which we added to spice your academic pursuit will definitely see you through your future endeavors. I urge you to be good ambassadors of the polytechnic.
“The diplomas you are receiving should make you proud of your years of training and remember that there is no inferiority in you except that which you allow.
“Graduates of polytechnics are found in every field of human endeavors, be it commerce, government, and industries. Remember the spirit of hard-work that we have impacted to you and the motto of the institution-Ise loogun Ise (Work is the antidote of poverty).
“You should also note that the certificates you are holding belong to The Polytechnic Ibadan and you must continue to defend the name and integrity of the institution bat any time.”
At the ceremony were Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake-Adeyemo; the insitution’s Governing Council Chairman, Prof Adebayo Adeyemi; and Chief Mukaila Olawoyin, Bada Balogun of Ibadan land, who represented the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.