The students numbering over 70, were initially barred from entering the university’s new auditorium, venue of the matriculation which saw 1, 119 candidates matriculating of the 1,582 candidates offered provisional admission. After the procession of principal officers of the university into the auditorium, they were allowed in, but were asked to sit upstairs to separate them from students who were properly dressed.
In his opening remarks, Obafunwa, who asked the shabbily dressed freshers to stand for recognition said: “Before I begin with my address, if you all look up there, you will see some matriculants who didn’t dress well to today’s matriculation. Some are not on their matriculation gown, some put on slippers, others put on chains, necklaces, which does not speak well of a university student.
You can imagine you going for a job interview and you dress shabbily, you would already know the results. You would actually have disqualified yourself from the beginning. Separating them from their colleagues who dressed well to this occasion sends a lot of messages. Most importantly, it shows that the university never tolerates any form of indecent dressing and behaviour among students.”
The students who showed remorse, were however, pardoned and asked to take their seats, after pleas from the Chairman of LASU Parents Forum, and principal officers of the university.
According to breakdown of matriculants, Faculty of Arts, matriculated 126 students; Faculty of Management Sciences, 193; Faculty of Social Sciences, 194; Faculty of Science, 196; Faculty of Education, 89; Faculty of Law, 120; School of Communication, 27; College of Medicine (Physiology inclusive), 104; Faculty of Engineering, 63 and School of Transport matriculated 7 students.