One of the foremost private university in the Republic of Benin, the West African Union University Cotonou had her first Convocation lecture and ceremony on Friday and Saturday 26 and 27 January 2018 at the FITHEB Benin. Then Convocation lecture was delivered by Barr. Femi Falana SAN under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Olusola Ehindero while the Distinguished Special guests were Barr. Adebayo Shittu the Nigeria Minister of Communication and Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State. 

Four Nigerians and a Beninouse were honored with honorary doctorate degrees in various fields for their individual contributions to human endeavors notable among the recipients are Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Mal. Hamisu Hussaini, Mr. Edede Ibeabuchi Emmanuel and Prof. Joseph Djogbenu, the Minister of Justice, Republic of Benin.

A total of 240 graduands who graduated from various field of studies were conferred with various graduate degrees.