Nkechi Alexandra Kingsley has emerged as the overall best graduating student at the 27th Convocation ceremony at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
The ceremony was held at the Convocation Ground on the main campus of the institution in Ikorodu on March 12, 2020.
Nkechi Alexandra Kingsley of the Department of Chemical Engineering, graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.93 on a scale of 4.0.
The valedictorian received an automatic employment offer to work in the school by the Lagos State government and access to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) if she is willing to access it for investment.
Nkechi Alexandra Kingsley, who was expected to receive the cash prize reward of 100,000 Naira eventually received 250,000 Naira on the order of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who reviewed the sum on the convocation ground.
In her valedictory speech, Nkechi stated:
“It is with deep sense and humility that I accept the privilege and honour bestowed on me to make the valedictory speech on behalf of all 2017/18 and 2018/2019 graduands of the Polytechnic on this milestone occasion of 27th joint convocation ceremony of Lagos State Polytechnic, the polytechnic of excellence in the state of aquatic splendor.
The journey of a thousand years begins in one day. We sincerely appreciate the God Almighty for his mercies and protections over us all throughout our staying in the polytechnic, which is now ranked 5th best polytechnic in Nigeria.
It is in this regard that we humbly request you sir to kindly facilitate the construction of pedestrian bridges at the entrances into the Polytechnic.”
A total of 16,315 students in combined sets of 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions, who completed their programmes in the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND), were graduated by the school, with 598 graduands finishing with distinction.
“I was the second overall best in my ND programme and coming back to the school for my HND, I made up my mind to be the best overall student. From my first semester, I worked hard and literally used all my strength. It was blood, sweat and tears.
I work hard and my lecturers were helpful and supportive. LASPOTECH being a school that values intellectual ability made her students work hard especially in my department.
I feel [grateful] to God because this is something that I have been praying and working for.
I will accept the job offer but I will still have to think over the offer of the governor for LSTF loan.”