This exhibition was created 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 36 Ukrainian students who will never graduate because the russian invasion took their lives.
The students used to spend their days in study halls. They had their 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, everything changed for Ukrainian students. Classrooms turned into bomb shelters and battlefields. Fear changed its course, and bravery took control. Now, some diplomas will never be issued because russia took the lives of their to-be owners in its attempt to bring Ukraine's freedom.
When your classroom turns into a battlefield, your major becomes bravery.
The project was organized by Ukrainian students worldwide in cooperation with Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK). The core team is made up of University of Toronto exchange students from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Coordinator, Integrated Arts Education
Saša Rajšić (he/him/his) joined Hart House in 2022 as Coordinator, Integrated Arts Education. He creates and manages arts education programming initiatives focused on experiential learning, and serves as staff advisor to student leaders on the Hart House Student Arts Committee in delivering their annual programs. Saša has held previous roles at Blackwood Gallery and Cambridge Art Galleries, and studied at OCAD University and Uniarts Helsinki. As a former refugee, he is committed to reconciliation, human rights, community, learning, and the environment.