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WHAT'S
THE PROJECT ABOUT?

We created this exhibition to remind the world about the ongoing war and the price Ukrainians pay daily in their fight for freedom. "Unissued Diplomas" honours the memory of Ukrainian students who will never graduate because their lives were taken by the russian invasion. 

The "Unissued Diplomas" exhibition uncovers the stories of 40 Ukrainian students killed in the war. In 2024, it will be held in different institutions worldwide on February 24, which marks the anniversary of the day all Ukraine woke up from explosions.

The Unissued diplomas initiative was started in 2023, when 110 exhibitions were held in 24 countries. While this page focuses on project's current activities, you can read more about what we have achieved in 2023 on a dedicated page.

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NEVER GRADUATED, ETERNALLY HONORED

HALL OF DIPLOMAS

They used to spend their days in study halls. They had favourite classes and those they dreaded weekly. And how scary it was for them to even think of failing a midterm.

But
after February 24, 2022, everything changed for Ukrainian students. Classrooms turned into bomb shelters and battlefields. Fear changed its course, and bravery took control.

Now, diplomas of some will never be issued. Because russia took the lives of their to-be owners in its attempt to take Ukraine's freedom.

Click on the diploma to zoom in

ATTEND 2024 EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

IRELAND

(Feb 26 - Mar 15;
Mon - Wed 9AM-9PM,
Thu - Fri 9AM-5PM,
Sat - 10AM-2PM
)

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GERMANY

(Feb 25; 12AM-5PM)

(Feb 26; 8AM-12AM)

(Feb 26; 12:30AM-5PM)

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LITHUANIA

(Feb 26 - Mar 10)

(Feb 24 - Mar 29)

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BULGARIA

(Feb 26 - Mar 5; 9AM-5PM)

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SOUTH KOREA

Seoul

(Feb 24)

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DENMARK

Aarhus, Aarhus University

(Feb 22 - Mar 15)

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FINLAND

Helsinki, University of Helsinki

(Feb 20; Feb 24)

Helsinki, Aalto University

(Feb 20)

Helsinki, City Center Library Oodi

(Feb 20)

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NORWAY

Lillehammer, Nansen academy

(Feb 26 - Mar 4)

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SWEDEN

Stockholm, Nansen academy

(Feb 22 - 26)

DONATE TO HONOR
STUDENTS' LEGACY

This year, the Unissued Diplomas initiative aims to establish The Unissued Diplomas Endowment Fund by raising USD $75,000 worldwide. We plan to partner with Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of America and use these funds to establish a sustainable endowment fund that will fully cover the tuition for one student per year, while also providing scholarships and grants for projects.

This scholarship will serve as a living tribute to the memory of students who lost their lives due to the russian invasion. Through this fund, we commit to honoring their legacy by investing in the future of education and the potential of Ukraine's next generation.

Photo by @johnwithlenses

THE MISSION

It is our honor to spread the life stories of the courageous students who would still be here if it wasn’t for the russian invasion.

We believe in taking action when the freedom of our country is at stake.

THE TEAM

Girls and boys, students and graduates, in Ukraine and abroad — all 85+ of us are quite different. But we united in our goal to commemorate the lost lives of Ukrainian students and remind the world that the full-scale war still goes on. And it takes innocent lives daily, student or not.

WHO PROVIDED THE STORIES FOR DIPLOMAS?

This project wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Memorial memory platform that gathers and publishes information about Ukrainian civilian and military war casualties.

SPONSORS

Logo of Meest
Logo of Ukrainian Credit Union
Logo of UCC
Logo of Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
Logo of St. Volodymyr Institute
Logo of Koota Ooma (Ukrainian books, gifts and toys)
Logo of The Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre

The Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre

The Dubczak Family

Peter Galadza

Logo of BCU Foundation
Logo of Starsky Fine Foods
Logo of Disrupted Ukrainian Scholars & Students Initiative
Logo of DROM Taverna
Logo of USC
Logo of LAVA
Logo of Canada-Ukraine Foundation

PARTNERS

Logo of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of Canada
Logo of Ukrainian Canadian Students Union

KMA Global Campus

Logo of Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation
Logo ofTrident Associates Printing

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Were only 40 students killed?
    No, the full-scale russian invasion has taken more student lives, as, in total, more than 6000 civilians and 13 000 soldiers have been reported killed since February 24, 2022. The exact number of students among them is unknown, considering that losses keep increasing every day.
  • Are exhibitions free to attend?
    Yes, exhibitions are free of charge. However, you are welcome to donate, as we want to support financially Ukrainian students who stay in Ukraine and sacrifice their time and education to work for Ukraine's freedom.
  • Where can I learn more about other events?
    You can find more information on our social media, the links to which are just below the FAQ section. We would also highly appreciate you sharing the events with those who might be interested, as we hope for this project to reach as many people as possible.
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