71-year old emerges best Phd graduate at University of Lagos

A 71-year-old woman, Felicia Marinze has emerged the best PhD student from the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and will be the oldest to be awarded a PhD degree in the history of the university.

Penpushing reports that, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, made this known at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of   the institution’s 51st convocation in Lagos.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that, the 71 year old Marinze (PhD French), from the Department of European Languages and International Studies, with the best PhD thesis, had just demonstrated to the world that age was never a barrier to attaining any height.

Penpushing further reports that, Ogundipe disclosed that at the ceremony, 281 of the 15,753 students would be graduating in the first class upper division, adding that. Olatunji Moruf from the Department of Marine Science and Ekundayo Mesagan of the Department of Economics would also be awarded the best PhD thesis in Humanities, alongside the woman.

“The three-day convocation will culminate in the graduation of 15,753 students. These comprise of 7,754 students who will be awarded first degrees and 7,999 Postgraduate degrees. We shall also award 160 Diplomas in Social Works and Human Kinetics. The Faculty of Engineering came tops in the category of first class with 70, followed by Management Sciences with 59 among others’, Ogundipe said.

Meanwhile, the title of Marinze’s thesis is: “Evaluation de la Competence Communicative Orale du Francais Des Apprenants Nationale Diploma Des Polytechniques Seledionness du Nigeria’’.

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