As the 41st convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) beckons, the 2013/2014 graduates of the department of English and Literary Studies are set hold a behoving gathering geared towards rekindling fond memories of their four-year academic sojourn. The event tagged “Before We Say good Bye” (BWSG) has been designed to hold at a serene and secured venue on the 10th of December,their convocation day.
The initiative according to the presiding committee is to engender bonding, cross fertilisation of ideas and deep networking avenue before the curtains are finally drawn. They describe the theme as not only a reflection of the need to converge but also an opportunity to wine, dine and bid one another farewell on the path to success.
BWSG will as well encompass impartation of useful skills by a seasoned and well grounded speaker, who also experienced the sharpening hands of OAU with prove of accomplishment.
According to one of the organisers, Afolarin John D,the event was borne out of the need to let the whole class bond again after leaving school in June,at the end of their final examinations.
Afolabi also said it became obvious that it wasn’t all the students that were prepared for graduation when it happened as the shock gotten from experiences at home by some of the graduates couldn’t be immediately handled until after a while.
Aina Aishat, a member of the organising committee noted that the need to behold faces of coursemates of more than four years, is a core inspiration behind the event.
She said the event was planned and funded by the class with gladness about the idea of their coming together again.
The Chairman of the committee that handled the final year activities of the class of style, Hanson Joshua, said: “the event is a laudable one as it would be a thing of joy for old friends and foes to see again and reminisce on the experiences of once being undergraduates.”
Commending the idea, Morebise Olubunmi, a member of the class, praised the initiative, saying it’s a welcome one considering the attendant results.
Meanwhile, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and three others would be awarded honorary degrees during the convocation ceremony according to a statement signed by the ceremonial committee. Other awardees include Prof.Jacob Kehinde Olupona, Dr Akinwumi Adesina and Chief Oyekunle Alex Duduyemi.