The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan has described it as a rare privilege to be matriculating in the University of Ibadan. He stated this while addressing students at the 2016/2017 Matriculation Ceremony of the University. According to him, the admission process was a highly competitive one, with only 3,536 students being admitted out of the 31,893 candidates who applied for both the UTME and Direct entry programmes. This, he stated, ensured that only the best of the best were admitted into the University. The low admission into the Undergraduate studies, according to Prof. Olayinka, is in line with the vision of the University to become a postgraduate school, with the admission ratio being 40-60 in favour of Post graduate students. He urged the matriculants to guard the privilege of their admission jealously, stating that many would give all they have to study in the legendary University. The 12th Vice Chancellor of the University encouraged matriculants to place premium value on independent study, as their academic strength will be measured by the knowledge they add to what they are being taught in the classroom, stating that they will be taught by the best of academics that could be found anywhere in West Africa. He also urged them to shun social vices, but rather, get involved in positive students’ activities so that they could be well rounded students. The erudite scholar stated that his administration continues to put in its best effort to create an enabling environment for students to perform maximally, with one of such efforts being the newly introduced Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS). PASS is a student-led, student-focused approach to learning support which empowers students to take control of their own learning under the guidance of senior students who have previously and successfully completed the targeted course. He also declared the establishment of a Career Development and Counseling Centre which is newly established by his administration to assist in programmes for the acquisition of soft skills that would assist in improving the employability of UI graduates. The Matriculation Lecturer, Chief (Mrs.) Victoria O. Awomolo, SAN, FCIArb, stated that she considered it an honour, and expressed her excitement being an alumnae of the University, to be delivering the Matriculation Lecture. She spoke of the significance of the event, which according to her, confers full membership of the Institution on the matriculating students. She enjoined students to value their time and use it judiciously, while discouraging their involvement in social vices. The Legal luminary encouraged the student, not only to dream, but most importantly, to work hard towards the achievement of their dream with open minds and willingness to learn. She also encouraged them to follow their passion and not pursue another man’s pathway. Chief Awomolo identified keys to success to include being organized, regular attendance at Lectures, Networking, Asking questions and Developing strategies for studying. She berated sexual and other kinds of abuse by Lecturers, tasking the Vice chancellor to ensure that all such is eradicated from the University of Ibadan. The highlight of the occasion was the administration of matriculation oaths by the Registrar, Mr. O.I. Olukoya to the matriculating students who could barely contain their excitement. In order to encourage excellence, the University also identified and recognized the best performances in the entrance examination among the Matriculating students.