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91-year-old Thai woman earns bachelor’s degree

91-year-old Thai woman earns bachelor’s degree
91 year-old Ms Kimlun Jinakul sits on cart graduate from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. Photo: AP
Published: 8:15 PM, August 10, 2017

BANGKOK — A 91-year old woman in Thailand has earned a college degree after spending more than 10 years studying for it and has received her diploma from the country’s king.

Public television broadcaster ThaiPBS says Kimlan Jinakul was granted the Bachelor of Arts degree in human and family development on Wednesday (Aug 9) at the government-run Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University just outside Bangkok.

Ms Kimlan says “if we do not study, do not read, do not know, then we won’t be able to speak and make sense”.

Her diploma was handed to her by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who took the throne last year. Diplomas at Thailand’s public universities are traditionally handed out by members of the royal family. AP