University president will preside over ceremonies at Kakuma and Dzaleka refugee camps

July 12, 2018

Regis University President John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., and Creighton University President Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., will hand out diplomas at Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) graduation ceremonies at two refugee camps in Africa this month.

This summer about 50 students are graduating from the JWL program, which began in 2010 and provides university-level coursework for refugees in 11 countries and at 18 community learning centers. Graduates use their diplomas to launch businesses, start non-government organizations (NGOs) and to continue their university studies.

Fitzgibbons and Hendrickson will preside at JWL graduation ceremonies at the Kakuma refugee camp on July 16 and at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi on July 20. U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer will join the graduation ceremonies at Dzaleka.

JWL offers a Diploma in Liberal Studies that includes 10 foundational courses in academic writing, algebra, the physical sciences, ethics and leadership. Students continue their studies in one of three concentrations: business, education or social work. More than 180 instructors from 20 U.S. Jesuit institutions and 10 international institutions teach the online courses. Worldwide, JWL enrolls more than 350 students each semester; at least half the students are women.

“It’s an honor to visit the camps in Kakuma and Dzaleka to celebrate the students who are graduating this year from the JWL program,” said Fitzgibbons. “Our students are role models of resiliency and perseverance. They study hard to earn their diplomas, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their academic successes.”

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit