Seven persons came out with first class degrees at the 16th and 17th combined convocation ceremony of the Benue State University, Makurdi, on Saturday.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Msugh Kembe, 10,248 bagged first degrees, 1,522 had Masters Degrees, 159 got Doctorate degrees, while 469 others bagged post-graduate diplomas making a total of 12,388 persons.
He said that the university, which took off in 1992 with a student population of 305, had grown to 24,079 students over the years.
According to Kembe, the carrying capacity has been expanded with more facilities such as lecture halls, hostels and other infrastructure.
“We have also increased academic faculties from four to seven, while a Post-Graduate School and College of Health Sciences were established in 1998.
He called for additional funding to enable the institution executes its programmes.
Gov Samuel Ortom, in his speech, praised the founder of the university, the late Rev. Fr. Moses Adasu, Benue Governor in the third republic, for his foresight.
He promised that government would place the institution on its first line charge to enable it enjoy special attention, and challenged the graduates to be innovative and creative.