Students from the third graduating class of JC:HEM process into the commencement ceremony on 21 September 2015 (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service).

Kakuma, 13 October 2015 – With wars waging on throughout Eastern and the Great Lakes region of Africa, a history of conflict seems to be repeating itself but graduates of Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), a project of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kakuma refugee camp, are challenging the notion that suffering of the past defines their futures.

After studying online for three years, 18 graduates acquired diplomas in Liberal Studies from Regis University with concentrations in either business or education. Last week marked the third graduation of students from JC:HEM in Kakuma.

Kakuma: graduates of higher education

A refugee father from South Sudan proudly poses next to his son who graduated from Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Kakuma: graduates of higher education

"We’ll continue to fuel education that creates agents of change in the complex refugee response," JRS Eastern Africa director, Endashaw Debrework SJ, told the 18 graduates (Angela Wells / Jesuit Refugee Service)

Kakuma: graduates of higher education

At 55 years of age, Geoffrey Wafula Masika was the oldest graduate of the third JC:HEM cohort. He is one of three of the 18 graduates from the local Turkana community who host the refugees. (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Kakuma: graduates of higher education

Rwandan graduate, Umubyeyi Vestine, is congratulated by her family members after receiving her diploma from Regis University at the third JC:HEM graduation in Kakuma refugee camp. (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Kakuma: graduates of higher education

The JC:HEM Class of 2015 poses with esteemed guests from Jesuit Refugee Service, Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs, Regis University and the UN refuge agency (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Kakuma: graduates of higher education

The local Turkana host community close the graduation ceremony with traditional dance performance (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)


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