Determined Black Mom Earns First Degree from University at 78; Says “I am Proof Education Has No Age Limit”

Determined Black Mom Earns First Degree from University at 78; Says “I am Proof Education Has No Age Limit”

  • A resilient mother and Black woman has earned her first degree from the University of Juba at 78
  • Victoria Adhar Arop graduated with a bachelor's degree from the School of Public Administration and Management
  • The septuagenarian made history as the second oldest female student to graduate from the South Sudan university since 2018

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Victoria Adhar Arop, a determined and resilient mother and Black woman, has graduated from the University of Juba on Saturday at the age of 78.

The lawmaker of South Sudan's Parliament returned to school years after she dropped out. She started her education in the 1950s but dropped out in primary three.

Arop returned to school to further her education in the 1970s, skipping some classes at the intermediate level to sit for the Sudan Senior Secondary Education.

Black woman and lawmaker graduates from university at 78.
Photos of Victoria Adhar Arop. Credit: EyeRadio/ Rakop Tanyakam / EyeEm.
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Victoria Adhar Arop makes history

She graduated from the University of Juba on Saturday at the age of 78, making history as the second oldest female student to graduate since 2018.

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The legislator, who doubles as the founding member of the Red Army Foundation, received a bachelor’s degree from the School of Public Administration and Management.

EyeRadio reports that Arop is the second oldest woman to graduate from the university, following the 2018 graduation of 86-year-old Rebecca Agoth from the College of Art and Humanity.

Victoria Adhar Arop says education has no age limit

In an interview with state-owned television – SSBC TV, Hon Arop urged people to take education seriously, saying there is no age limit in learning.

''I learned and showed other people that education has no age limit ...,'' she said.

Hon Arop is the mother of politician Agel Ring Machar and the Director for the Miss World South Sudan Beauty Pageant, Nyanut Ring Machar.

Determined Black Man Graduates With Master's Degree From University at 71

Similarly, YEN.com.gh previously reported that at age 71, Leroy Harley recently made headlines after graduating from the University of South Carolina with his postgraduate degree in teaching.

The native of Bowman, South Carolina, took action to embark on a new path toward his passion for education at age 69. And his hard work has paid off.

WLTX reports that Harley returned home to Bowman after years of moving around in 1993, where he taught for some time.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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