83-year-old woman earns PhD at US Varsity, sets record as school’s oldest graduate

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An 83-year-old woman named Marie Fowler has set a record as Howard University’s oldest-ever graduate after she earned her Doctoral degree in divinity.

 

Marie Fowler obtained her PhD degree in Divinity at Howard University School of Divinity, United States. She stated that earning her doctorate degree in divinity was a calling from God.

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“It was never my thought that I would go beyond maybe one semester because, after all, I started school when I had been out of school since 1959. I didn’t even know if I could even retain information,” she said.

 

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She had earlier bagged a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary before spending three years at Howard University to earn her PhD.

Marie said she initially did not think she would make it all the way to graduation. “It was never my thought that I would go beyond maybe one semester because, after all, I started school when I had been out of school since 1959. I didn’t even know if I could even retain information,” she said.

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She stated that she doubted her ability and finances at this stage of her life, Fowler said it was her parents’ experiences and her father’s words still ringing in her ear that pushed her forward.

 

Despite her doubts about her ability and finances at this stage of her life, she stated that it was her parents’ experiences and her father’s words that continued to resonate in her ear, motivating her to push forward.

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