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An Address Delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A.O. Olorunnisola at the 4th Matriculation Ceremony – Dominion University, Ibadan

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An Address Delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A.O. Olorunnisola, at the Matriculation Ceremony for 4th Set of Students of Dominion University on Tuesday

February 21, 2023


The Chancellor

Members of the Board of Trustees

The Pro-Chancellor & Members of the Governing Council

The Principal Officers

Deans of Faculties

Heads of Departments and Units

Parents of the Matriculants of Today

The Matriculants (Daystars)

Invited Guests

Gentlemen of the Press

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen


I am delighted to welcome you all to this orientation programme for the 4th matriculation ceremony

of Dominion University, Ibadan. Today, we are officially welcoming 266 matriculants (Daystars) who are following in the footsteps of the Pace Setters, the Light Bearers and the Eagles (cohort names for students admitted at different levels in Dominion University). The Daystars are made up of 143 male (representing 53.8%) and 123 female (representing 46.2%) students, drawn from 21 of the 36 States (i.e., 58% of the States) of the Nigerian Federation, who have been duly admitted into the eleven academic programmes in our Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences and Faculty of Computing and Applied Sciences. The enrolment for this academic

session is 96% higher greater than the 136 students (the Eagles) that matriculated last year. Also, given the cultural diversity in our staff and student population, Dominion University is, by no means, a parochial/provincial university. We are living up to the billings of a budding world-class university – one that brings people together from a range of different cultures and backgrounds to tackle shared global challenges. This is no mean feat for a four-year-old university. It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our sight. All thanks to our God of increase!

A day star is a poetic word for the sun; another word for the morning star. It is literally the “light bringer”. Light is one of the most universal and fundamental symbols. It is spiritual and divine, it is illumination and intelligence. It is the source of goodness and the ultimate reality.

Generally speaking, light serves as a symbol of life, happiness, prosperity, and, in a wider sense, of a perfect being. As a symbol of life, light can also serve as a symbol of immortality. Little wonder that Jesus said Christians are the light of the world. May you be light indeed in Dominion

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