The authorities of Adeyemi College of Education ( ACE) Ondo have administered matriculation oath on 4,178 newly admitted students in the institution.
The number is made up of 2,214 and 1,964 Degree and Nigeria Certificate in Education ( NCE) students respectively who were admitted into five schools in the College which include Arts and Social Sciences, Languages, Education, Science as well as Vocational and Technical Education
Speaking at the ceremony held on Thursday April 26, 2018 in the institution, the Vice- Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, ( OAU) Ile- Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede represented by the Dean Faculty of Education in the University, Prof. Bayode Popoola while addressing the degree students, described matriculation ceremony as an important occasion, which mark the formal admission of students into the College ( University) and create forum for them to pledge allegiance to the authority of the institutions.
While stressing the need for the newly admitted students to regard the matriculation ceremony as defining moment in their lives, the Vice-Chancellor admonished them to abide with the oath of allegiance by exhibiting good behaviour and refrain from any act of indiscipline and disorderliness during " the duration of their time as students " in the college.
Reiterating the readiness of the institution to groom them in learning and character, Prof. Ogunbodede said the move is aimed at making students of the College to become intellectually sound, emotional stable, morally upright and properly fit to take up positions of responsibilities wherever they may find themselves in the future.
He emphasized the need for discipline saying "you cannot strive for excellence, if you are not disciplined. We live in a civilized society and civility must reflect in all our actions. The College is governed by rules and regulations and there are procedures for engaging in various activities. I therefore urged all students to carefully read the regulations which are available on the college's website and follow the procedures accordingly ".
The Vice-Chancellor advised the students to pay attention to their studies stating that the decision would enable them to graduate with flying colours, he equally warned them from associating with undesirable elements so " as not to be lured into cultism and other anti- social activities that could affect their academic career."
Also in his address to the degree and NCE students at two different occasions at the same venue, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, described matriculation ceremony as rite of passage which mark the point of entry and confer membership of students into higher institutions.
He congratulate the matriculating students for securing admission into the College and felicitate with their parents, guardians and sponsors, for providing the necessary support for them.
Describing the formal admission of the students into the institution as a thing of joy and beginning of new phase of academic life, Prof. Ogen advised them to guard their ambitions and dream jealousy and refrain from being distracted in the course of pursuing their dreams and aspirations.
He said "I implore you, never be distracted, never lose focus. It is true that some of you have never been away from home and outside the umbrella of your parents and guardians until now. The freedom could be intoxicating: we have also been here and we understand"
The College administrator also used the occasion to warn the students against indulging in vices and social ills saying " Let me at this juncture inform you that our College has zero tolerance for cultism, rape, prostitution, indecency examination malpractice, violence, vandalism and disrespect for fellow students.
" All these contravene what the College stands for and the College takes a very firm stance against such. Culpable individuals will squarely face the law as we jeep improving our security apparatus to ensure lawbreakers are caught and appropriately punished, " he remarked.
Assuring the students of peaceful and memorable sojourn during their stay in the institution, the Provost said " the College has one of the best ICT infrastructure among Nigerian tertiary institutions and have blazed the trail in many endeavours. We have a faculty any institution can be proud of. We blaze the trail everywhere we go.
"We have lived up to our title as the foremost teacher training institution in Nigeria and you are welcome into that tradition of excellence " he stated.
The high point of the ceremony was the admission of oath of allegiance on the students by the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede.
The programme held at the Babatunde Ipaye Lecture theatre was attended by principal officers of the College including the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Also in attendance were Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units as well as staff of the College from various units including Information and Public Relations, Provost Office, Music Department, Divisions of Admissions, Student Affairs among others.