Students in refugee camps earn diplomas through Jesuit Worldwide Learning partnership

July 29, 2019

JWL graduates of 2019

Regis University conferred diplomas to 28 students in Kenya and 34 students in Malawi at the end of July through the University’s partnership with Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL). The students, who live in refugee camps in Kakuma, Kenya, and Dzaleka, Malawi, earned diplomas in liberal studies.

"Regis University is proud of this outstanding group of students who have overcome obstacles and demonstrated a strong work ethic to earn their diplomas," Regis Provost Janet Houser said.

"We're grateful for the opportunity to work with Jesuit Worldwide Learning and build leaders who serve the common good across the world.”

JWL provides a Jesuit education to refugees and other marginalized people worldwide. Students attend online classes that are taught by Jesuit educators. To earn the 45-credit diploma, students completed core credits in liberal studies and additional credits in social work, education or business.

Houser oversaw commencement and handed the diplomas to the graduates.

“As our newest Regis graduates, I ask that you not just be satisfied with your diploma,” Houser said at the Kakuma commencement ceremony. “Ask yourself: What am I being called to do with it? Where are my gifts needed?”

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 27 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 www.regis.edu.