The Dominican Institute matriculated twenty-eight students at the 2016/2017 Matriculation Ceremony held on November 09, 2016 at the Carolyn Walker Hall of the Institute. The 23rd Matriculation Ceremony of the Institute was graced by the presence of principal officers from the University of Ibadan, namely the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. A. B. Ekanola, representing the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. A. I. Olayinka; the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Dr. Moody; Head of the Department of Philosophy, Prof. Francis Offor; and the Faculty Officer of the Faculty of Arts, Mr Dairo.
According to the President of the Dominican Institute, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emeka Nwosuh, OP, this “Twenty-third Matriculation Ceremony is indeed unique because it signifies an end to a certain phase in our history as an Institute.” Indeed, it is the last matriculation ceremony to be carried out in affiliation with the University of Ibadan. Subsequent matriculation ceremonies, by the grace of God, will be held under the auspices of the newly approved Dominican University. The President of the Institute, on behalf of the past and present students, staff and former presidents of the Institute, expressed sentiments of profound gratitude to the entire academic community of the University of Ibadan for the years of cordial, enriching and fruitful relationship with the Institute. In his words, “it is a relationship that has blossomed like the proverbial mustard seed.” He noted that the Institute grew from a handful of students, numbering about sixteen (16), to the status it has acquired today. The Institute has over these years admitted over six hundred and fifteen (615) students and graduated four hundred and eighty-five (485) of them. Of these, well over 40% of them made either First Class or Second Class Upper Division.
Prof. A. B. Ekanola, in a speech delivered on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, congratulated the Institute for the fruitful years of collaboration with Nigeria’s Premier University, and for the new height attained in securing approval to begin a Dominican University. He congratulated the matriculants and encouraged them in these words: “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. With your matriculation today, you have started a journey. Focus on your studies and avoid distractions.” He continued, “I pray that you will all successfully complete the programme here and that you will move forward to greater responsibilities with the country and outside the shores of this land.”
The 23rd Matriculation Ceremony of the Institute ended in an atmosphere of cordiality and intellectual conviviality between the principal officers of the Institute and the University of Ibadan. On the part of our new students, it was that of joyful appreciation. The pictures below tell the rest of it.