According to an official at the Guinness Book of World Records, Phyllis Turner, a 94 year old great-great grandmother, is the world’s oldest recipient of a master’s degree.
Turner's achievement is all the more extraordinary considering that she left school at age 12 to help her mother raise her siblings after her father abandoned the family. She didn't return until she was 70 years old, enrolling in the University of Adelaide in Australia. At age 72, she won a 12-month scholarship to study at the University of California.
After her husband died five years ago, Turner decided to return to the University of Adelaide. She received her master's degree in medical science this summer. No plans yet for a Ph.D.!
Photo Credit: Associated Press, released by the University of Adelaide.