Three Chibok Girls Bag Degrees At AUN

Three Chibok girls bag degrees at AUN

Three Chibok Girls Earn Degrees from American University of Nigeria

In a significant milestone, three of the Chibok girls who managed to escape Boko Haram captivity have graduated from the American University of Nigeria (AUN). These resilient young women were among the 189 students who received their first degrees during the university’s 15th Commencement ceremony held at its main campus in Yola on Saturday.

The story of the Chibok girls is one of both tragedy and triumph. In 2014, hundreds of girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, an event that drew global outrage and prompted the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. While many remain in captivity, some have been fortunate to escape and rebuild their lives. Among these survivors, three have not only escaped but have also pursued higher education with determination and have now graduated from AUN.

During the commencement ceremony, Dwayne Frazier, the President (Vice Chancellor) of AUN, delivered an inspiring address to the graduates. He commended their resilience, determination, and commitment, qualities that he believes will serve them well as they face future challenges. “I have no doubt that you will excel because you have all shown resilience, determination, and commitment. These qualities will propel you to great heights as you contribute to the development of the country,” Frazier said.

The guest speaker at the event, Professor Mike Ozekhome, echoed similar sentiments, highlighting the impact AUN has on its students and the broader community. He emphasized the importance of the entrepreneurship training provided by the university, which equips graduates to create job opportunities not only for themselves but also for others. “With the entrepreneurship lectures and training you have received here at AUN, you can create jobs for yourselves,” Ozekhome encouraged the graduates.

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The commencement ceremony also saw the awarding of advanced degrees. Eight students were awarded PhDs, and ten received MSc degrees. The event celebrated not only academic achievements but also the profound personal victories of its students.

In recognition of his contributions to promoting peace, human rights, the rule of law, and good governance in Nigeria, Professor Ozekhome was honored with a Doctor of Letters degree.

The graduation of these three Chibok girls stands as a powerful testament to their strength and the support they have received from AUN and the global community. Their journey from captivity to academic achievement serves as an inspiring reminder of the transformative power of education and resilience.

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