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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. K. O. Adebowale, mni, FAS, has stated that the University continues to soar high in terms of ranking, despite the prolonged lock down and industrial action experienced recently. The Vice-Chancellor made this statement while addressing graduands and other guests during the undergraduate convocation of the 73rd Convocation Ceremonies of the prestigious University. In his words: “It is important to note that Senate cancelled the 2019/2020 academic session as a result of the prolonged lockdown and industrial action. In spite of this, the University of Ibadan is ranked number one (1) in Nigeria and West Africa, 7 in Africa and Top 500 in the Times Higher Education World University rankings (2021). The 13th Vice-Chancellor, who described the ceremony as a remarkable first for him, being the first he would be addressing as a Vice-Chancellor, congratulated graduands, not only for the completion of their studies but for completing it at a time when the world is struggling to overcome the chokehold of multiple viruses, including COVID-19, violence, economic depression and insecurities among others. Prof. Adebowale expressed great delight at the successful graduation of the 2018/2019 final year set after such prolonged delay. He advised the graduands that while savouring the taste of excellence, they should remain alert to the challenges ahead of them as they face the future. Prof. Adebowale encouraged them not to allow challenges to overwhelm them, but to turn such challenges into stepping stones, just like they have been prepared by the University. He admonished them to be good Ambassadors of the University and of God. Speaking on behalf of other graduands, the valedictorian, Miss Rufai Basirat of the Faculty of Pharmacy recalled all the challenges they had been through as students, including that of the COVID-19 pandemic which prolonged their academic year and convocation ceremony extensively and thanked God that “delay is not denial”. She charged her colleagues never to underestimate their abilities in the face of challenges, and enjoined them to face the future squarely, having been prepared by the University for life after school. In her words “… this is the time to turn the blocking stone into a stepping stone”. It is worthy of note that the University graduated a total of 8, 474 candidates for the Award of First degrees and Diploma, out of which 265 of the candidates graduated with a First Class.