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Young Lady bags masters degree at US university, receives her diploma from her grandfather who sets record at the school in 1964

59 years after he made history at Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, a man named Ronald Yancey from Atlanta presented his granddaughter with her diploma certificate after she bagged her master’s degree in the same university.

Deanna Yancey graduated with a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta in the United States.  Walking across the stage during her graduation, she greeted her grandfather with a smile and a hug, and he handed her the hard-earned diploma.

Ronald made history as the first Black graduate of the university in 1965 and was honored on-campus with a sculpture of him dedicated in 2019, according to Georgia Tech. The university claims that his admission was the first in the southern region of the United States to integrate without any legal intervention.

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Deanna said she did not initially tell her family she was applying for an online master’s program at her grandfather’s alma mater until she was accepted. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

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“When I got in, I got to read the acceptance email to my grandfather, He was so happy. He almost started jumping; he was so excited,” Deanna said. “It’s a different world to be known for something especially as powerful as a movement as he was able to start,” she added.

Ronald mentioned that he was rejected twice from Georgia Tech in the 1960s, and he and his family were told he “did not fit the Tech model for success” however he attended Morehouse College but because the school did not have an engineering program, he reapplied to Georgia Tech in 1961.

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He said he was accepted upon the condition that he retook the Standard Test and passed a summer class. Ronald said while on campus, he was cautioned against using public transportation or attending any athletic events for his safety.



Ronald said he endured isolation as no one would sit near him in the classroom adding that he never had a lab partner. He said he did all of his papers and exams in ink so he could not be accused of cheating or have his work tampered with.

He also had to complete graduation requirements not asked of other seniors, who were exempt from taking final exams. He also spent his last three weeks at Georgia Tech taking 18 exams across five classes, according to the university.

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“To ensure that he made the grade, he requested and was given an additional six-hour exam for extra credit. He also had to write a 30-page paper on transistor theory,” the release stated.

“We are extremely proud that Deanna took the initiative to select her field, to quietly and quickly apply, arrange her curriculum, and follow through with the completion of her matriculation. Deanna’s graduate degree is truly an impressive achievement,” Ronald said.

Deanna said despite the hardships her grandfather experienced, he speaks highly of Georgia Tech which is very inspiring to her.“Even now, he’ll talk about some of the things he went through, but he won’t tell us everything because he knows it would be upsetting to our family,” she said.

“Even though it was hard, you still recognize the institution for being top-notch and having some of the best engineers coming out of there. And, Tech has significantly changed — he’s very happy to have seen the changes,” she added.


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