A young Nigerian man has made history in his alma mater after breaking a 39-year-old record that had existed in the department he studied at the Imo state University, IMSU.

Mbagwu Johnpaul Chiagoziem earned a 4.51 in a 5.0 grading system to emerge the first student ever to graduate with a first class in industrial physics at the educational institution.

The graduate, in a statement addressed to the University’s 17th Republic Students’ Union Director of Information and Media Comr. Duru Victor, said he was motivated to study to bag a first class because his course mates and senior colleagues always told him that it had never been done before.

He said:

“… My coursemates and senior colleagues do say [then] no one can graduate with first class. I told them I’m a different person, that I will graduate with that [first class] by God’s grace.”

Mbagwu also thanked one of his lecturers identified as Prof. T. C. Chineke who, according to him, was pivotal to his academic success.

According to him, his usual responses to his favourite lecturer’s challenge of graduating with a first class was “Prof, by God’s grace I will break the record in this department.

Though the industrial physicist concluded his studies in 2019, he however got receipt of the certificate in 2020.

Mbagwu also has an impressive 10 research papers to his credit.


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