University of Juba to graduate over 1,400 students

At least 1,453 students are expected to graduate from the University of Juba this Saturday, said Prof. Mairi John Blackings Academic Registrar and Chairperson of the Graduation Committee.

He said it will be the 20th graduation anniversary of the University of Juba.

Speaking to the press yesterday Prof. Mairi John Blackings said they are expecting President Salva Kiir who is also the Chancellor of the University of Juba to officiate the graduation of 1,453 students.

Prof. Blackings said 390 students would graduate with Diplomas, 875 students with Bachelor Degrees, 58 with Post Graduate Diplomas, 129 with Masters Degrees and 2 students would graduate with Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).

He added that the number of graduates is expected to rise as the deadline for the registration has been extended.

“It is part of the University’s mission to train and equip the students with knowledge and skills to work for the development of this country,” Prof. Blackings said.

Prof. Blackings disclosed that the University would also graduate about 38 students from the School of Public Service this year, saying it is the first graduation since the School of Public Service was introduced at the University of Juba.

“All the students in the School of Public Service are senior government officials and they will graduate with masters’ degrees. We have to improve their skills for effective productivity and also to improve their attitude towards positive approach,” Prof. Blackings said.

Awek Achan Joseph, one of the Diploma students from the College of Natural and Environmental Studies said she is very delighted for having registered for the graduation since she has been struggling to balance her study with family responsibilities.

“I am really very happy and excited to graduate because it has been difficult for me to balance my studies with my work and family duties”, Achan said.

She said she has been in the university for 9 years therefore, she could not afford to miss the graduation.

Another graduate, Charles Silvestro said he would be excited if the graduation could take place on Saturday as scheduled.

“There are three important moments in life; the moment you are born, the moment you get married and the moment you graduate”, Silvestro said.

According to Silvestro, he joined the University of Juba in 2009 and suspended his studies in 2012 to go and pursue his two years studies in Petroleum Technology in Malaysia before he came back to resume at the University.

By David Mono Danga

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