By Martin Manyiel Wugol
Victoria University located in the city suburb of Kampala passed out fresh graduates with diplomas, degrees and master degrees who hadsuccessfully concluded their studies and qualified to graduate over the weekend on Friday, 19 February 2021.
The graduation ceremony was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo known as Commonwealth Hotel in Kampala.
There were many South Sudanesewho graduated with bachelor degrees including Marial Mathok who graduated with Degree in Public Administration. Marial said no word could describe how thankful he was to the family for their support throughout his academic struggledespite Covid-19 threatening the entire world and making things impossible, but he madeit to the graduation list.
Marialurged graduates to be job creators instead of thinking that government or private sector will provide jobs for millions of young South Sudanese who graduated over the years. He said it will not be possible for government to provide jobs but individual creativity can make things workout because creating jobs can be done if young South Sudanese believe in themselves using knowledge acquired from the university and put it into productive use for betterment of common citizens in the country.
According to Dieng David Ring, theStudents’ Leader,who described education as only best tool people can use to change life,fresh South Sudanese graduates should mainly focus on their careers and apply them in the context of our country, while searching for jobs.
“We should move on without despair and we must continue learning because learning is a lifelong process and never give up in life,” he added.
Ring promises to make an impact on himself, community and South Sudan as he quoted late Martin Luther King Jr., “If you cannot fly, then run, if you cannot run then walk, if you cannot walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving”.
Ring who graduated with master degree of Arts in Public Administration and Management at Nkumba University told Juba Monitor that peace in South Sudan will make things easy such as achievement of education with the aim of advancing career and be masters of our own future as young people of South Sudan.
Ring was elected the Chairperson of Abyei Students’ Association in Uganda,a position he heldwhile furthering his education to the end.
The number of South Sudanese students who graduated were 20 from various fields of specialization.