Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN) last Tuesday held its 37th matriculation ceremony of the college for the 2017/2018 academic session.
Delivering her address, the provost of NOCEN, Dr. Mrs. Cordelia Ego Uzoezie, congratulated the matriculating students, describing matriculation as an important ceremony in the life of every tertiary institution all over the world.
Dr. Uzoezie said it was a day set aside to consummate the process of admitting students into the tertiary institution, noting that on such an occasion, fresh students were made to take an oath of allegiance and peaceful living as members of the college community, adding that the matriculation conferred on the participating candidates, full membership of the institution, having fulfilled all necessary requirements.
Uzoezie said every matriculating student was entitled to all rights and privileges recognized by the college authority, stating that such rights included, inclusion of the students in the College register, obtaining the College's identity card, living in the students' hostel, right to access information in the library, representing the College at different forums, participation in students' union activities and enjoyment of all available teaching and learning facilities in the College.
The provost charged the students to maintain law and order, as well pay their school fees and other levies, even as she urged them to protect the College properties, respect the rights of their fellow students, and report any criminal activities to the College authority.
'Keep your hostel and lecture rooms clean. Let these obligations guide your conduct throughout your stay in the College,' she charged.
The former Anambra State Commissioner for Women's Affairs and erstwhile President, Awka Diocesan Life Member, admonished the matriculants to shun all forms of social vices, such as cultism, sexual misbehaviour, prostitution, indecent dressing, examination malpractices, thuggery, fraudulent acts and other nefarious activities which, she said, could mar their bright future.
Uzoezie reiterated the College's stance on campus violence, emphasizing that the College's stand on fighting and violence remained outright dismissal from the College, adding that violence brought nothing but destruction.
Earlier in an address, the vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Professor B.C. Ozumba, expressed delight with the level of progress recorded so far in the College and also the overall performance of the teaching staff. Ozumba charged the matriculants to be law abiding and also take their academic pursuit seriously.
'Today, we are performing the usual annual ritual of matriculating our deserving freshmen into this great citadel of learning. It is an activity performed with tremendous joy and ecstasy because it heralds the entry of young men and women into the intellectual and professional journey that ultimately leads to the fulfilment of their dreams,' Prof. Ozumba concluded.