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UNICAL’s Best Graduating Student Shares His Failure Experience



The Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu during a convocation ceremony disclosed that a total of 51 students bagged First Class degrees during the 32nd convocation ceremony of the University on Saturday.

He mentioned that 9,174 students, comprising of 7611 first degree graduands and 1563 Post Graduate Diploma, Higher Degree & Honorary Degree graduands would graduate at the ceremony of which 318 students would be awarded Ordinary Diplomas, 251 will get doctorate degrees and 221 students will take home Post Graduate degrees.


1st Class: 51
2^1: 2356
2^2: 4532
3rd Class: 672

Henry Emmanuel from the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biological sciences emerged overall best graduating student at the 32nd convocation of the University of Calabar on Saturday 13/04/2019 with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.72.

Read what he said

” In 2012, I had my second attempt at securing admission in the University of Calabar rejected. I was dejected, demoralised, i was considered a failure by many. Yet, I never gave up those dreams. I saw failure as a lesson, hardwork and resilience, a prerequisite for success.

Today, I emerged OVERALL BEST GRADUATING STUDENT at the 32nd convocation of the prestigious University of Calabar, winning multiple awards including the TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION AWARD FOR BEST GRADUATING STUDENT.

Some dreams might seem too big and out of reach but I tell you today, that, no matter how big or scary they are, your dreams, every one of them, are valid!

He hails from ìní local government area of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria.

Congratulations to him!

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