- Akasease Kofi Boakye Yiadom is a Ghanaian World War II veteran
- The former teacher made history when he graduated from Presbyterian University in 2010
- Boakye Yiadom advocated against graduate brain drain
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Ghanaian World War II veteran, Akasease Kofi Boakye Yiadom, enrolled at the Presbyterian University College at the age of 96.
The former teacher made history when he became one of the oldest people to graduate from university at nearly a century old.
In 2010, Akasease Kofi Boakye Yiadom graduated from the Presbyterian University College’s business school at the age of 99.
Boakye Yiadom’s statement that “as far as your brain can work alright, your eyes can see alright, and your ears can hear alright, if you go to school you can learn’’ remains profound.
After he completed tertiary education, he became one of the major voices that advocated against Ghanaians moving outside the country to seek greener pastures.
He urged his classmates to resist the lure of higher salaries overseas and stay in Ghana.
Speaking about his commendable accomplishment at the time, Boakye Yiadom told CNN that people who receive help from the government to finish school and pass their degree should "stay in Ghana and serve Ghana".
According to edition.cnn.com, in Boakye Yiadom’s room, pictures of the World War II veteran are proudly displayed, symbolic of his beliefs:
"Don't leave; fight and serve the country. And if you do, he says, you might live to a hundred."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Jules Patrice Means, 67, had 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+.
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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."
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.
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