Two hundred and sixty nine participants drew the curtains today on their varying executive programmes at Lagos Business School (LBS) after months of intensive study.
The graduands comprised 129 participants for the Senior Management Programme (SMP 57, SMP 58, SMP 59 and SMP 60), 26 for the Advanced Management Programme (AMP 28), 52 for the Owner Manager Programme (OMP 20 and OMP 21), 27 for the Chief Executive Programme (CEP 24 and CEP 25), 9 for International Management Programme (1MP 2), 20 for the Accelerated Management Development Programme (AMDP 1) and 7 for the Agribusiness Management Programme (AGMP 4).
The award ceremony commenced with opening remarks from Professor Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), Member of the Pan-Atlantic University Governing Council. He congratulated the graduands and urged them to uphold and imbibe the ethical values which they had gleaned from LBS. “Today we are not only confirming you have graduated from the programme, we hope that as you go into the world you will spread the message of doing things the right way” he said.
Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean of Lagos Business School, acknowledged the graduands as a special crop as they graduated in the year of the School’s 25th anniversary. In her welcome address, she commended them for taking the bold step to invest in getting the right skills to succeed in their business and life in general.
Okonedo encouraged the graduands to be exemplary leaders and to continue to create an oasis of sanity in their various spheres by exhibiting the values the School has promoted since inception. “We take it as a given that when it comes to knowledge and business expertise you will be leaving with those, our hope is that you will also be leaving as well rounded individuals with an ethical mindset of doing business” she said.
The ceremony proceeded to a speech delivered by the Guest Speaker of the Ceremony, Mr Austin Okere, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Computer Warehouse Group, who shared his profound insights on entrepreneurship. He ended his speech on a high note, calling on the graduands to achieve greatness in pursuing their dreams. “Executive graduates of LBS, as you step boldly into the new era of possibilities, nothing should hold you back! Go out there and leave your footprints in the sands of time” he said.
Subsequently, the new graduates were awarded their certificates and inducted into the LBS Alumni Association (LBSAA), the most influential professional network in Africa with over 5,000 members.
In keeping with the tradition, the presidents of the graduating classes took turns to recount their experiences, and made generous donations to advance the School’s cutting-edge management education for the benefit of prospective students.
The LBS Executive Education programme is comprehensive and draws on the experiences of multinational faculty and participants. It ensures that participants gain management knowledge and skills by employing the case-study method and group-work approach to learning. LBS programmes attract over 3,000 participants from multinational and indigenous companies yearly, who attest to the expert teaching, relevant programmes and the overall benefits derived from attending.