The graduating class of 2017 will experience a touch of royalty on May 13, when the 14th Emir of Kano will give the traditional Commencement Address.
On April 13, Interim President LeGene Quesenberry announced that His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, CON., Emir of Kano has accepted the University’s invitation to serve as the ninth Commencement Speaker at which time he will receive AUN’s honorary doctorate degree.
Over the years, AUN has had an array of notables as commencement speakers, including EU Ambassador David MacRae (2011), civil rights champion Charlayne Hunter-Gault (2013), Ambassador John Simon (2014), and famous Colombian educationist Vicky Colbert (2015).
This year’s Commencement will take place at 10 am at the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa Commencement Hall on AUN’s Yola campus. Preceding the Commencement, at 5 pm on May 12, will be the dedication by the former Vice President and AUN Founder, Atiku Abubakar, of the second eco-friendly structure on the campus, the Admin II Building. Following the dedication, at 7 pm, will be the presentation of this year’s Graduation Awards.
The Emir is a graduate of King’s College, Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (where also taught Economics), and Africa International University, Khartoum, Sudan. Prior to Emir Sanusi’s accession to the throne, he launched a distinguished banking career in 1985. Holding top positions at First Bank of Nigeria, including Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, his banking career culminated in the governorship of the Central Bank of Nigeria in June 2009.
“We are very excited at another Commencement as we graduate yet another amazing class,” said Prof. Quesenberry, while thanking the members of staff and faculty for mentoring these students. “We know you and your proud parents are very delighted at your many accomplishments here at AUN--we are equally very proud of all of you,” she said to the graduating students.
By Innocent Nwobodo