- Andries Conradie became the oldest person to graduate with a PhD from Unisa
- Conradie obtained a doctorate degree in literature and philosophy
- His thesis was titled: “The Bible as a problematic text - a critical analysis based on controversies in the Dutch Reformed Church"
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It is never too late to follow one's dream. A 91-year-old man, Andries Conradie, has graduated with his PhD from the University of South Africa (Unisa).
Conradie became the university's oldest doctorate graduate, Briefly.co.za learned. He focused his thesis on biblical questions he encountered during his career as a historian and teacher, IOL reported.
The great-grandfather titled his thesis on the controversial subject: "The Bible as a problematic text - a critical analysis based on controversies in the Dutch Reformed Church”.
Conradie took his questions to ministers but after years of evasive answers, he decided to study the subject in depth.
In 2013, Conradie enrolled at Unisa to study theology, working towards his PhD.
“I am proud of what I have achieved. One is never too old to reach your dreams,” he said.
His story inspired South Africans, who applauded Conradie's achievements online.
Delsie Pateman Sanders commented: "Dr Conradie; you are an inspiration. Heartfelt congratulations!"
Fundile Sixabise Zwelethafa Zenani wrote: "Congratulations Doc, we are proud of you especially us the young ones."
Milly Mgidi Mngadi said: "Wow Dr Conradie such a great inspiration."
Itu Tricia Dube added: "I feel inspired right now.am also getting that doctoral degree in philosophy, it might not be now but I will."
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