From Starbucks to summa cum laude: Ugandan grad celebrates ASU education
Before Evans Kaddu was hired at Starbucks, he did not know what a cappuccino was. Now, five years into his role as a barista, thanks to the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, he graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Kaddu immigrated to the United States from his home in Uganda five years ago, after beginning a degree he was originally unable to complete. Even though he was not well versed in the culture at Starbucks, Kaddu was no stranger to the origins of coffee. His paternal grandparents grew coffee, and his maternal grandparents harvested vanilla.