Determined Old Man Returns to School, Bags His Masters Degree At 71

Determined Old Man Returns to School, Bags His Masters Degree At 71

  • African-American, Leroy Harley, has received his postgraduate degree in Teaching from the University of South Carolina
  • The 71-year-old, who returned to school at age 69 after obtaining his undergraduate degree, is now a master's holder
  • The native of Bowman, South Carolina, who recently graduated from the university, says he is proud of the achievement

At age 71, Leroy Harley has 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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Leroy Harley
Photo of Leroy Harley. Source: Black Enterprise
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He took his mum's advice to seek a teaching opportunity at the Bethune-Bowman Elementary School.

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Harley applied to the school and was hired as a teacher's aide before enrolling at USC, 6Park News reports.

After discovering his passion for teaching, he went to school to earn his degree and is now a master's degree holder.

He expressed the fact that he is so proud of himself as he reminisced on his struggles. He was also glad that he listened to his mother and took her advice about seeking for a teaching job before proceeding to earn a degree for himself.

''I really am proud of myself; I mean, I have to be,'' said Harley, according to Black Enterprise.

Despite his age, Harley proves that passion has no age limit.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a beautiful black lady, Aliyah Thomas, is so full of joy after achieving another milestone in her educational career.

Sharing her achievement via LinkedIn, the smart lady revealed that she graduate from the University of Southern California USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Speaking further, she reiterated the fact that she is just a black girl who grew up in south central watching her dreams unfold right before her eyes.


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