NOUN sets to hold virtual matriculation ceremony for new students.
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has concluded plans for the conduct of an online matriculation ceremony for its new students.
According to a statement issued by Mr Ibrahim Sheme, NOUN Director, Media and Publicity, a total of 14,960 students are expected to take the matriculation oath, scheduled for Saturday, June 13.
The ceremony will be one of the first few times in history, where a Nigerian university is conducting such virtual event.
It stated that the development was due to the ongoing lockdown of the Nigerian education system, occasioned by the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
”During the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, would deliver his address, followed by the administration of oath of the 19th matriculation on the students by the Registrar, Mr. Felix Idoka.
”It will be carried out from remote locations without the students being physically present.
”The virtual event would be beamed live through the Zoom application. Students are advised to download the Zoom application to enable themselves participate from home or any other location.
”The application password would be communicated to them soon,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the statement noted that the university had withdrawn its earlier announcement, urging students to collect academic gowns from their various study centres for the matriculation ceremony, adding that it was issued in error.
Another statement from the office of the Registrar, registrar’s office had said that it would be quite impossible to conduct an exercise of that nature physically due to the lockdown.
It revealed that the Centre Directors have been told not to open any study centre or allow a gathering of students, until the ban of academic activities on all tertiary institutions was lifted by the Federal Government.
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