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NOUN postpones convocation indefinitely over Coronavirus scare

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has announced the postponement of its 9th convocation ceremony slated for Saturday, March 21, at its Headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.

About 25, 000 graduating students were expected to participate in the ceremony.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, NOUN’s Registrar, Felix Edoka, said the Governing Council and Senate of the university jointly took the decision in view of the health dangers inherent in the gathering of a large number of people at this time.

The statement reads: “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.”