The management of the Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele , Ogun, has matriculated not fewer than 125 fresh students for the 2022/2023 academic session.
The 7th Matriculation Ceremony of the institution which had the management, dignitaries, traditional rulers, guests, lecturers and students in attendance took place on Thursday, April 6th, 2023 at the school auditorium.
While delivering his speech at the occasion, Vice-Chancellor of University, Prof. Segun Odunola, disclosed that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), has granted full accreditation of Accounting department at the varsity.
Odunola added that, with ICAN accreditation, students of the institution would be exempted from the foundational examination of the professional institute, saying that the students will also benefit from many programmes of the Institute for development, fellowship and scholarships.
According to him, “I am happy to inform this gathering that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has accredited our accounting programmes for the 2021-2024/25 academic session. The implication of this is that our accounting students will be exempted in the Foundation examination of the professional institute and can also benefit from many programmes of the Institute for development, fellowship and scholarships.
“Let me assure you that all Departments offering various programmes at Hallmark University are fully accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC). In November 2022, the University successfully presented our newest four programmes in the Departments of Microbiology, Mass Communications, Sociology and International Relations for accreditation. Let me express the gratitude of Management to our Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and all officers of the University for this accomplishment.”
He stated further that, the varsity has zero tolerance policy for unethical behaviours and actions, cultism, sexual immorality, drug abuse, examination malpractices, fighting, stealing, bullying, of any act that may cause a threat to a fellow student and staff on campus.
“This is a lifetime opportunity that has been given to you. Please guard it jealously by investing your time and energy into your academic pursuit for a rewarding future. This is a progressive call for you to strive for excellence in your academic work, field of play, and behaviours”, Odunola charged intakes.
In his speech entitled, ‘Character in Learning: The Connection’, Prof. Goke Lalude, explained that with the acquisition of knowledge which education stands for the sky cannot be the limit but a starting point for students, emphasizing that education appreciably prepares students for the challenges and responsibilities of the future.
According to Lalude,”There has been a raging controversy on which of the two: leaning or character should be prioritized in an institution and particularly in a tertiary institution at the level of a University.There is a school of thought that holds it that character and by extension behavioral tendency can only give the necessary support to education. After all, a University is primarily about the acquisition of knowledge, and under no circumstance should the behavior of a student be placed above brilliance.
“It will be a misnomer expelling the best student in the University just because of consistence in behavioral defect. To another group of scholars, there is no learning without character. The moment character, attitude and behavior become nothing to write home about, knowledge acquisition becomes a nullity. In essence nobody can be said to be educated when and if character is flawed”
He sensitized the new 100 and 200level students to be great ambassadors of the school by conducting themselves in a mature manner and determined to break positive records. Noting that the most crucial way for them to survive on campus are to study very well before exams and should learn how to overcome procrastination which is the thief of time.
He urged the freshers to avoid friends that won’t add value to their lives, nothing that friends play two roles in life, they build but they can also destroy.
“Cultism destroys, cut short lives and dreams, and the only way to live a fulfilled life is to avoid it totally. There are very many open, prestigious student associations you can join to prove your leadership qualities.”, He added
One hundred and twenty -five (l25) students are matriculating with fifty-seven (57) from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and sixy-eight (68) from the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences.