The Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO came alive during the convocation ceremony for 2016 as beautiful Mbah Anita Uzoamaka emerged best graduating student of the year.
She graduated from biochemistry department, the faculty of School of Biological Sciences FUTO.
Anita bagged the University’s Most Prestigious Award with a CGPA of 4.85. She attended Owerri Girls Secondary School and was one of the best 2010 students at Ricdenis Academy.
For five years, the award has been dominated by the male counterparts but Anita changed it in 2016.
A big congrats to you, Anita!
A VALEDICTORY SPEECH DELIEVERED BY MBAH, ANITA UZOAMAKA, BEST GRADUATING STUDENT (CGPA 4.85) AT THE 29TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI (FUTO), DATED THIS 3RD DAY OF DECEMBER, 2016.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the University,
The Executive Governor of IMO State,
Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of the 10th Governing Council,
Other Principal Officers of the university,
Members of the Senate,
Other members of the University Community,
Parents and Guardians,
My fellow Graduands,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with sincere delight and heartfelt gratitude to God Almighty that I present this valedictory speech (Vale dicere) on behalf of my co-graduands as the Best Graduating Student today, at the 29th Convocation Ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Without doubt, this honour- analogous to a royal diadem- is an eloquent testimony of God’s abundant blessings, the corresponding hardwork of my ebullient and indefatigable lecturers in Biochemistry and other Departments in this University to impact knowledge and, of course, our efforts and commitment to burn the midnight oil in order to assimilate, galvanize and ‘log-out’ information as the need arose. To God be the glory.
To our beloved parents, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude for having borne all the pains of seeing us through from cradle to this dizzying height of success. We say, thank you. God bless you all immensely. We are forever indebted to you both in pride and place and will work even harder to requite your love. It has been an excruciating life all these five years as students, for me and my classmates- my comrades in the battle for scholastic achievements. We sincerely thank and appreciate the University Management, the Senate and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze for creating the enabling environment for quality learning to take place. We strongly believe and support the mantra of your administration which is ‘DRIVING THE CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE’. Through this, you have been able to jettison the undisguised chauvinism of some academics and disgusting apathy of others which enhance the enthusiasm for hardwork and pursuit for excellence. We give special kudos to all our lecturers in the University for their tireless efforts to create us.
We shall not fail to mention that the hub of any successful academic pursuit or endeavour effectively hinges on purposeful vision and high level of commitment to hard work. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘the heights reached and kept by great men were not by sudden flights, for they, while their companions slept, kept toiling and burning the midnight oil’. It is with these words, that I admonish the ever articulate students of FUTO coming behind, to remain visionary and painstakingly studious inspite of all challenges facing you. The possession of the five cardinal virtues of wisdom, courage, discipline, hardwork and humility aids success and honour, hence, one is the prime architect of one’s destiny.
To my fellow graduands, as we leave FUTO, let us always strive to live purposeful life, pursuing our dreams and never being afraid to take a calculated leap. Trying exploits and failing gives one an inner satisfaction one might never attain by mere passing of examinations and the knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger at the end, makes you more secure in your ability to survive.
And so, on this memorable day, I say CONGRATULATIONS and wish you well in your future endeavours.
Finally, on behalf of my fellow graduands, I say thank you for gracing this occasion.
LONG LIVE FUTO!
LONG LIVE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA!!
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!
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