The 14th Convocation Ceremony of Pan-Atlantic University for the Award of Degrees and Diplomas held on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 in the Honeywell Group Auditorium at the Lekki Campus of the University. A total of 216 candidates were awarded degrees and diplomas at the event.
The Guest Speaker was Mr Ademola Olutayo Osinubi, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Punch Newspapers.
The ceremony was presided over by Mr Pascal Dozie CON, Pro-Chancellor of the University. In his address, Mr Dozie welcomed the graduands and their guests to the University. He then took advantage of the occasion to share some thoughts on the role of Private Universities in Nigeria and what it could mean for the future of higher education in Nigeria. He drew a comparison between the current field of private universities in the country and the private banks in the early 1990s and how over time, a competition driven consolidation led to larger, bigger banks and a more robust financial services sector.
According to him, “out of this crop, the future standard bearers of higher education in Nigeria will arise and in doing this, they will contribute immensely to the transformation of university education in Nigeria. This, in turn, will be critical in our nation’s quest for development for as is well known by now, no nation can achieve meaningful development in the absence of centres of academic excellence at the tertiary level”.