Four Nigerians, three men and a lady have been named best graduating students at the Dillard University, New Orleans, U.S.A.
All eyes were on 20-year-old Merrilyn Akpapuna, from Delta State, at the ceremony held for 226 graduates, at the University Auditorium; the ceremony had the US First Lady, Michelle Obama, in attendance.
The Delta-State-born bright mind has obtained the highest distinction, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. The topic of her research project was sexual harassment. Moreover, Akpapuna won an award for highest academic achievements for the College of Arts and Sciences and another one for College of General Studies. She plans her postgraduate study at Western Michigan University this autumn.
Akpapuna who delivered the farewell speech at the ceremony, shared the stage with Michelle Obama.
The other Nigerians are:
– Victor Ogburie (Abia State) – Computer Science Major with minors in Physics and Mathematics. Academic award: Salutatorian – Summa Cum Laude;
– Stephen Ogidi Igwe (Abia State) – Biology Major. Academic Award: Salutatorian – Summa Cum Laude.
– Emole Anya Dimgba (Abia State) – Computer Science Major with minors in Physics and Mathematics. Academic Award: Salutatorian – Summa Cum Laude.
However, while speaking at the ceremony, US first lady, Michelle Obama, described the graduates of the “historically-black” college as a “sea of young geniuses”, told them they had opportunities and skills that their parents and grandparents never could have imagined. Victor Ogburie-Merrilyn Akpapuna-Stephen Ogidi Igwe-Emole Anya Dimgbadillard
She also remembered the abducted Chibok girls, who now suffer only “for wanting an education and wanting to go to school.”