Federal Polytechnic Ede witnessed a grandeur matriculation ceremony yesterday, 21st February, 2020. At the event, the school invoked the spirit of festivity as staff and students joined in euphoric mood.
In a customary practice of the school, Federal Polytechnic Ede rounded up her annual orientation programs to newly-admitted students with the Matriculation Ceremony. The event which took place on Friday was the 26th edition since the inception of the school.
Foremost, the matriculants marched into the School Pavilion which paid host to the event. The students were led in by Mrs. E. I. Babatope.
Thereafter, the moderator, Mr. Lawal, the School’s P.R.O. gave a welcome speech to honour parents and guardians that graced the occasion for their presence. During his speech, the SUL representatives led by Comr. Ajibade Quazeem entered the frame with an Aluta chorus. Some minutes later, the academic and non academic staff joined, ably led by the Rector, Dr. John Taiwo Adekolawole.
At this juncture, the moderator announced the program is being aired live on; Knowledge, Skills and Character Radio (98.1 FM), a new feat for the school. Recitation of the national and school anthems followed suit.
A special parade was displayed by Cadet Officers to welcome the Rector and his crew to the seat. Then, the amiable Rector declared the event open. All Deans were called to present matriculants from their faculties to affirm the matriculation oath. And the Polytechnic lawyer, Barr. N. J. O. Muhammad alongside Barr. Adeyombo was summoned to administer the matriculation oath to the students as the students pronounced after her.
The Rector gave his speech after another special parade led by Cadet Officer Michael Joseph. While delivering his lecture, he welcomed the freshers to the citadel of learning.
The Don said they should count themselves fortunate to have gained admission into the institution as “many are called but few are chosen”.
The Rector enjoined the students to endeavour to live in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Polytechnic.
He urged the students to tolerate each other and live peacefully among themselves.
The Rector urged the students to shun anti-social activities such as cultism, examination malpractice, and use of hard drugs. He advised them to study diligently towards achieving excellence.
He informed the audience of the latest development in the school as regards the addition of new departments.
Furthermore, he emphasised that there are two campuses; South and North campuses. He said provision has been made to convey students to South Campus. He also laid emphasis on extracurricular activities such as sports and entrepreneural courses within the campus referencing that; “all works and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
To cap it all, he reiterated that Students should stay away from social vices and report any suspicion to school authority. He implored the fresh students to shun cultism which may jeopardize their studentship and lead to their immediate expulsion. ”On no account should any student take law into his hands. Ignorance of law is not an excuse”, he said.
Finally, he encouraged students to be security-conscious and to make their grievances known through H.O.Ds and Deans.
Presentation of scholarship awards to best outstanding Students follows with golden handshake from the Rector. While the recitation of the school and national anthems served as a curtain-drawer.