How Determined African-American GrandFather Earned His PhD Against all Odds
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How Determined African-American GrandFather Earned His PhD Against all Odds

  • African-American, Johnnie Jones, graduated with his doctorate from the Louisiana State University, LSU, at 83
  • He made history in 2018 as the oldest Black person to achieve the milestone from LSU, where he also obtained his master's
  • Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Hawaii after he retired from the military in 1973

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At 83, Johnnie Jones made history when he became the oldest living Black person to earn a doctoral degree from the Louisiana State University, LSU, in 2018.

Attaining higher education had always been his dream, but he left school in sixth grade to support his family after World War II.

Jones knew the importance of education but still couldn't continue his studies when he joined the Marine Corps at 18.

Johnnie Jones
How Determined African-American GrandFather Earned His PhD at 83 Against all Odds. Photo credit: newsone.com/The Advocate
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Determined to better his life, Jones attended night school to earn his diploma and later took junior college classes before being deployed as a sergeant on two combat tours during the Vietnam War.

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He later took correspondence courses offered by Louisiana State University while in Vietnam.

After he retired from the military in 1973, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Hawaii.

Jones wanted more for himself as far education was concerned, so he went in for his master’s degree at Louisiana State University, where he also bagged his PhD.

While pursuing his postgraduate degree, he juggled his studies and work at a restaurant and later as a warden at the Louisiana Department of Corrections to support his family.

Jones successfully achieved his doctorate in 2018, becoming the oldest student to receive a graduate degree during the fall commencement at LSU.

He also became the oldest Black person to receive a degree in the history of the university.

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YEN.com.gh previously reported that a mother of three from Ghana, Wilhelmina Annie Mensah, has graduated with a doctorate in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Ghana.

According to Wilhelmina, the past six years have been a great learning phase for her. And, her years of dedication and commitment to her goal have paid off.

She achieved her master's in Medical Biochemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana before heading to the University of Ghana to pursue her PhD.

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Undaunted by the mountain of difficulties and childhood inadequacies, he triumphed and made history as his family's first-generation attorney.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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