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73 years after graduating high school, determined 90-years-old woman bags bachelors degree, masters at US university

A determined 90-year-old woman in the United States named Minnie Payne has bagged her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree 73 years after graduating high school.

Minnie from Texas in the United States graduated from high school in 1950 and went on to work instead of furthering her studies. She said education was not an instrumental part of her childhood, having been born into poverty to uneducated textile workers.

”My parents did not realize the value of an education, so I had no one to help me or encourage me. I lived in a very small world. We were poor, but we didn’t realize we were poor because everybody else was in the same boat,” she said.

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After graduating high school, Minnie did different jobs across several industries, including working as a court reporter, a transcriptionist, and a substitute teacher. She worked as a transcriptionist for 30 years until sh retired.

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After retirement, Minnie stated that she wanted to do something constructive with her life and she decided to study for an undergraduate degree. She bagged the degree from Texas Woman’s University at the age of 73.

“When I earned my undergraduate, I immediately started work as a writer, and for about 16 years between my undergraduate and master’s program, I wrote and copy edited. I was not idle,” she said.

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Minnie stated that she was determined to continue her education journey after that, and she focused on writing in the pursuit of her master’s degree. She proceeded to earn her master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Texas, United States.



Minnie also made history as the oldest graduate to complete her coursework and earn her degree at the university at any level. She credited her professors and academic adviser for their support throughout her studies.

“I have always tried to better myself. When you gain an education, you better yourself and you better those around you. And, of course, you gain knowledge. And I know a lot more now than I did to begin with,” she said.

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