The Nkumba University South Sudanese Student’s Association (NUSSSA) came together at Noah’s Ark Gardens in Nkumba-Bwase to celebrate the achievements of their 137 members who graduated during the 25th congregation of Nkumba University on October 26, 2023.
NUSSSA President, Achol Kuol Deng, emphasized the significance of this annual celebration in promoting unity among students from South Sudan. She described it as a tradition where they honor graduates for their academic growth and as a victory not only for the individuals but also for South Sudan, believing that these graduates will contribute positively to the nation’s progress.
The event’s chief guest, Caunsel Bol Madut Ayii, a practicing lawyer from South Sudan, made a compelling plea for NUSSSA members to become ambassadors of peace. Bol stressed the urgency of peace and cautioned the graduates against being manipulated into becoming instruments of conflict in South Sudan. He emphasized that their role should be to further education and not to engage in any form of violence.
Speaking on behalf of parents, Paul Yokojo, an alumnus of Nkumba University and a former NUSSSA member, commended the association for its continued vitality. He shared his personal connection to NUSSSA and encouraged the graduates to embrace the spirit of “building unity in diversity.” Yokojo urged them to utilize their knowledge for the betterment of South Sudan, highlighting the positive role played by Nkumba University in welcoming South Sudanese students, with several of his family members among the celebrated graduates.
The Nkumba University Guild President, Ignatius Kangave Musaazi, praised NUSSSA’s leadership for fostering unity among students and motivated the graduates to pursue their aspirations with determination.
NUSSSA, established in 2004, stands as a robust and influential social community within Nkumba University, with over 500 indigenous South Sudanese students as members. The association’s primary objectives include promoting social cohesion, preserving culture, and facilitating the growth of students of South Sudanese origin at Nkumba University.