A 91 – year – old woman became the oldest person to graduate from university in Thailand on Wednesday , receiving her bachelor ’ s degree from King Maha Vajiralongkorn .
Escorted by her family , Kimlun 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 .
She said that she had finished junior high school but couldn ’ t continue her education at the time because her family couldn ’ t finance it.
Photos: Thai PBS
Kimlun said : “ When I was young , I actually received good grades.
“ I have always enjoyed reading . I even bought manuals to educate myself so I could help my children with their homework. ”
Kimlun said she became inspired to continue her formal studies in 2011 , once her children and grandchildren had received university educations 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 . ”
Photos: Thai PBS
The university is the first in Thailand to offer distance learning to elderly people.
Almost 200 people older than 60 have enrolled .