The first set of graduates, (in June, 1971) of a 4-year engineering course from the
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University) was 26 in number. The set recorded four (4) First Class graduates, ten (10) Second Class Upper, seven (7) Second Class Lower, three (3) Third Class and two (2) in Pass division. Notable among this set are Professor L. O. Kehinde, a one-time Dean of the Faculty of Technology and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) (who remains the longest-serving alumnus in the Department, having been employed as a Graduate Assistant in October 1, 1971), Associate Professor A.B. Borishade (a former Federal Minister of Education) and the Rt. Revd. Prof. A.D. Akinde, the Lord Bishop of the Cathedral of Saint Jude, Ebute-Metta and one of the founding fathers of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, OAU, Ile-Ife.