Graduating from a University in Thailand on Wednesday, 91-year-old Kimlun Jinakul became the oldest person to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Escorted by her family, Jinakul travelled more than 700 km from the northern province of Phayao to Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, near Bangkok, to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Ecology.
“It has always been my dream to continue my studies,” Kimlun told local TV station Thai PBS.
“I have always enjoyed reading. I even bought manuals to educate myself so I could help my children with their homework,” she said.
Kimlun said she became inspired to continue her formal studies in 2011, once her children and grandchildren had received university education and found decent jobs.
“It’s never too late to study,” she said.
“She is a very determined person,” said Bhum Juasiripakdee, one of Kimlun’s grandchildren.
“We all support her while making sure she remains in good health.”
The university said Kimlun had not received any special treatment in terms of grading.
In fact, she failed half of her courses and had to retake examinations several times.
“The university provided me with a lot of conveniences,” Kimlun said.
“They allocated rooms on the ground floor for me so I did not have to climb the stairs.”
The university is the first in Thailand to offer distance learning to elderly people.