“Our mission is to impart knowledge, skills and attitude that will make our graduates become self-reliant practitioners, leaders with godly integrity as well as researchers that have local and global relevance. We want to see that all our graduates after leaving the four corners of the university will be competent enough to be job creators and not people running up and down to seek jobs” – Prof. J. O Afolayoan, The Vice-Chancellor, Anchor University Lagos.
After four years of meticulous training, mentorship, and commitment to the vision of being a citadel of learning for holistic human transformation and development, Anchor University is set to release its first set of graduating students to the world.
The four-day event started with a convocation lecture with Prof. Peter Okebukola, Chairman of Council, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), who delivered the lecture titled “Re-engineering the Youths for Leadership Imperatives and National Development.”
The convocation ceremony was held on Friday, July 9, 2021, at the University Auditorium and ended with a special convocation service on Sunday at the Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos. Convocated were 63 graduands, 9 from the Faculty of Humanities; 27 from Social and Management Sciences and 27 from Science and Science Education of which, 23 of them graduated with first-class honours, 27 with second class upper degrees and the remaining 13 had second class lower degrees.
Amongst the graduands is Enakireru, Erumuoghene Mary, from the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Science Education who came out as the overall best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.95/4.00.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony, The Chancellor and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministries, Pastor (Dr) W. F. Kumuyi said “African youths were yet to live up to expectations on many fronts, hence the need to train them to unearth and raise their potential. Millions of young people had their visions crashed through wrong and early marriage and its consequences. A good number are victims of destructive behaviours like drug abuse, immorality and other crimes. These gloomy realities explain why Anchor University was established with the vision to be a citadel of learning for holistic human transformation and development”.
Also the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu represented at the convocation ceremony by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Gboyega Soyombo, lauded in his address the mission, vision and core values of the institution, which he said placed emphasis on character building and spiritual values.
Stating in his address “In addition to the spiritual emphasis, there is also the passionate pursuit of academic excellence on a global scale in teaching, learning and research. This you have aptly demonstrated in the ability to hold lectures and conduct examinations for students during the COVID-19 lockdown. I want to encourage the university to continue in its service to humanity in terms of education and empowerment in the character development of the young people of Nigeria. If the first four years of the institution has been this productive and inspiring even in the face of the global pandemic, the future of this university is no doubt, very bright
“To our young Nigerian graduates today, I congratulate you as you have written your names in history as the inaugural graduating set that will transform Nigeria. There is no doubt that in years to come, we will continually hear of wonderful exploits of Anchor University”
Below are more images from the convocation event