The Busoga University in Uganda has cancelled the graduation of 400 students from South Sudan who have completed their studies from Star International University College in Juba.
Start International University (SIU) is affiliated to Busoga University.
The graduation was scheduled to take place tomorrow Friday 29th September 2017, but students from Juba have been told they will not graduate tomorrow. They are told to wait until next year.
Joseph Henry, one of the students who was supposed to graduate tomorrow with a bachelor degree in Public Administration said they left Juba for Kampala yesterday in order to be in Uganda ahead of the graduation.
“When we reached Nimule town, we received a call from Busoga University administration that the students from South Sudan cannot graduate,” Henry confirmed.
“The administration of Busoga University said our graduation has been rescheduled for next year,” he said.
Another student David Gaaniko who is also among those expected to graduate said the information was a shock to him. “We were informed of the cancellation of our graduation after when we had cleared all the requirements for the graduation”.
“Even some days ago an official came from Busoga University to Juba to check whether all the students have fulfilled the requirements for graduation, and we were confirmed ready for the graduation,” Gaaniko added.
He lamented that when they reached Nimule, they received what he described as a “shock” when they were told to return to Juba.
Gaaniko said the students have vowed to continue with their journey up to Kampala to witness the graduation of their colleagues at the University, saying only a few students including himself were preparing to return to Juba.
The administration of Star International University College and Busoga University were not available for comment.