- Sixty-seven-year-old Jules Patrice Means has graduated with her first degree in sociology from the University of California in the United States
- The determined great grandmother pursued her degree after earning her diploma
- Jules' plans to earn her master's of social welfare degree
Jules Patrice Means, 67, has every reason to celebrate after she graduated with her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of California in the United States.
In spite of her age and the voices that set out to detract her from pursuing her bachelor’s degree because many thought she was too old, she overcame the odds.
Better known as "Ms. Jules'', the great-grandmother graduated with a degree in sociology with all As and just one B+.
Regardless of the numerous enormous lifetime challenges she has had from having a baby in high school to suffering a major stroke seven years ago, Jules still thrived amid the setbacks.
She credits much of her strength to her faith as a Christian and says she tries "to do what the Bible tells us: To love your neighbor as much as you love yourself."
Just like many graduating students, the 67-year-old woman is among the many Cal students who could not graduate on stage because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
However, she remains hopeful that she’ll get another chance at a real-life ceremony. Jules is applying for graduate school at Cal to earn her master's of social welfare degree.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported a Nigerian woman called Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu has earned a PhD at 73-years-old.
The elderly woman defended her dissertation to earn her PhD in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies on Sunday, April 26, according to Howard University.
Florence's dissertation titled, Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria - Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens, is a reflection of the Igbo women who, like herself, survived the war.
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The 73-year-old woman went through many challenges to finish her program and even defend her final paper.
In the second year of school, Florence lost both parents and had to travel down to Nigeria to perform their burial rites.
She revealed that she was completely deflated, both physically and emotionally, but she endured because her father always wanted him to be a doctor.
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