Reports reaching 9jatoday at this time confirms that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has postponed its 9th convocation ceremony as earlier scheduled.
This online news platform understands that the convocation was reported earlier to hold on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the NOUN Headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.
However, the event has been put on hold due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, numbering about 25, 000 graduating students were expected to participate in the ceremony.
The postponement was revealed in an announcement by the NOUN’s Registrar, Felix Edoka in a three-paragraph statement released on Tuesday morning in Abuja.
Felix noted in the statement that the postponement was as a result of deliberations and understanding of the Governing Council and Senate of the university, who jointly agreed to halt the even in view of the health dangers inherent in the gathering of a large number of people at this time.
The statement reads thus:
“The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) wishes to inform the general public, especially our over 25, 000 graduating students, that the 9th convocation ceremonies, scheduled for March 20 and 21, 2020 have been postponed indefinitely.
“Council and Senate jointly took the decision in view of the health dangers inherent in the gathering of a large number of people at this time.
“The inconvenience caused our graduating students, family and friends is regretted.”