A Science Laboratory graduate was the cynosure of all eyes at the 24th convocation of Lagos State Polytechic last Thursday as a lady identified as Omoshalewa Adenike Babalola, made history as the first to graduate with the maximum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 at the LASPOTECH.
The valedictorian was presented with prizes at the event graced by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and former Group Managing Director of Chams Plc, Mr. Ademola Aladekomo, among others.
It was reported that the ceremony which was held at the school auditorium, started at 10:00am with the procession of graduands and the principal officers led by the Rector, Dr. Samuel Sogunro, as Governor Ambode was represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule.
The school’s Rector said Omoshalewa is the first student to graduate with the maximum CGPA, adding that the school would offer her a job after her National Youth Service (NYSC).
Governor Ambode urged the graduands to be innovative and practise the entrepreneurial skills acquired from the school.
He said: “There is no gainsaying the fact that we are in a challenging time, especially the current unemployment rate. It is time to bring out your innovative and entrepreneurial skills. You must look and explore other options to engage yourselves.”
Omoshalewa, who spoke on behalf of other graduands, hailed the polytechnic staff for their guidance. She described her feat as unbelievable, saying: “I never had it so easy,” adding that group reading and hard work were the secrets of her success.
The school graduated 8,519 students. Of the number, 263 graduated with distinction.