He disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after he received his award at the day two of the 2017 convocation ceremony of the institution.
Roy-Larinde, 21, bagged a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering, alongside three others, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.97.
According to him, aside imbibing the culture of constant reading as enforced by his mother, his ability to shut out all forms of distractions is equally instrumental to the successes he recorded while in school.
“I want to say that the feat I have achieved here today did not come to me as a surprise because it was a goal I had set for myself.
“I am indeed grateful to God for this, as I feel fulfilled and accomplished.
“I also want to say I am super thankful to my parents as we collectively placed our priorities right.
“On my own part, I did not allow any form of social life to make me lose focus, especially in the areas of partying, clubbing and things like that,” he said.
He said that in his secondary school days, his mother insisted that there would be no time for watching of television until all academic activities were done.
.Roy-Larinde noted that his success was tied to his mother’s guidance and discipline as well as counseling
He said that he was looking forward to furthering his education overseas as he would love to return to his alma mata to contribute his quota to the development of the 56 year-old institution.
“I am writing a software that is expected to solve some medical health facility issues with regards to hospital registration and waiting time for doctors,” he said.
He urged students to always strive to live true to themselves as it was key in achieving any goal.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said that efforts have been redoubled to ensure that the infrastructural development of the university remained on full throttle.
According to him, since the last convocation ceremony, a number of new facilities have been flagged off and inaugurated inline with the institution’s strategic plan.
He said that currently among other projects, work was on-going on a new high-rise library complex.
Ogundipe said that when completed, the new edifice would add colour to the landscape of the institution.
“We are also increasing efforts at internalising our programnes in the past one year and I am pleased to inform you that we have signed several Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with sister universities the world over.
“This has led to the exchange of staff and students. We are also currently in touch with the Finnish, German, French and Chinese embassies to establish new relationships with institutions in these countries that would benefit us.
“Our external linkages and partnerships are thus waxing stronger and yielding positive results,” he said.
The vice chancellor further noted that the university management had also stepped up efforts at modernising programmes by mounting new courses across various departments.
“We are thus responding positively and pro actively to the dynamics and demands of the 21st century global economy and the drive towards knowledge-based societies,” he said.
Giving a breakdown of statistics of graduating students the vice chancellor said that a total of 3, 452 would be admitted into various classes of degrees in seven faculties and the Distance Learning Institute.
According to him, 124 of the students will be graduating from the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, 246 from Clinical Sciences, 30, Dental Sciences and 479 others from the Faculty of Engineering.
He said the 229 graduated from the Faculty of Law, 748 from the Faculty of Management Sciences, 94 from the Faculty of Pharmacy and 1,502 others would be graduating from the Distance Learning Institute respectively.
According to him 134 graduates finished with distinction or first class honours, comprising 12 from the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, three from the Faculty of Clinical Sciences and 62 from the Faculty of Engineering.
Ogundipe further added that two graduating students from the Faculty of Law also made the list of the first class, while 32 others from the from the Faculty of Management Science, 20 from the Faculty of Pharmacy and three from the Distance Learning Institute (DLI) also finished with distincion.
He said the university had continued to maintain its determination of attaining academic excellence as testified by the performance of some of its products in the Bar examination at Nigerian Law School.
“As an eloquent testimony of the quality of teaching and learning in this university, some of our products made us proud in the August 2017 Bar final examination of the Nigerian Law school. Six ex-students of the institution graduated with first class, the highest from all universities represented in the examination,” he said.