An 83-year-old man is living proof that it’s never too late to bring your goals to fruition. After dropping out of school in the sixth grade, Vietnam War veteran Johnnie Jones received his doctorate degree on Friday from Louisiana State University, WFAB reported.
The milestone was historic as he became the eldest student to receive a graduate degree during a fall commencement at the school and the oldest Black person to ever receive an LSU degree. When he was 18 years old, Jones joined the Marine Corps. While deployed in Vietnam he decided that he wanted to get back on track with his education. He noticed that individuals who had high school diplomas and college degrees were getting better employment opportunities. After earning his diploma, he took junior college classes and was then able to take advantage of a program offered by Louisiana State University while serving.
After retiring from the military in 1973 he got his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Hawaii and went on to pursue his master’s degree at LSU.
While chasing after his academic goals he worked at a restaurant and later as a warden at the Louisiana Department of Corrections to support his family. Although he has several degrees under his belt, he doesn’t intend on stopping his academic journey anytime soon. He plans on starting law school next fall.
“Age is an artificial constraint. There’s nothing magical about 65, 75, 95, 105. Your behavior, your activities should be guided by your physical fitness and your mental fitness,” he told The Advocate. “We’ve been so socialized to believe that once you hit a certain age, I’ve done my thing, so I’m going to sit back and enjoy life. OK, if that’s your thing, that’s your thing. But to me, age doesn’t mean that much. It’s whether or not I have the ability to be doing the things I need to be doing.”
Pastor John Gray Responds To Lamborghini Controversy And Twitter Reacts
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I don’t own a Lamborghini. I own a Chevy truck. Yet I can identify with Pastor John Gray, who is making headlines bc he gifted his wife a Lamborghini. These days it feels like our fav past time is finding faults in others and celebrating them. https://t.co/PvWH7TPIdn— Brian Tome (@BrianTome) December 14, 2018
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Folks, if you are sacrificially giving money to this church in order to bring hope to your community, I suggest you find another church. "Pastor John Gray draws flak for gifting wife $200K Lamborghini Urus for anniversary" https://t.co/UDa1fEbpry— Dee Parsons (@wartwatch) December 11, 2018
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And people will forego rent, bills, food etc. to keep lining these grifter's pockets. Blessings from god my ass. https://t.co/euDbuCceT8— Portia McGonagal (@PortiaMcGonagal) December 12, 2018
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organized religion is a scam and anyone who can not see that deserves to be taken for all they have... https://t.co/Tvm4UkACBU— Teel James Glenn (@teeljamesglenn) December 14, 2018
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I am not upset.— Ervin Lee (@ervinlee09) December 14, 2018
I pray for him and his family.
As a follower of Jesus, I believe the way it was done and presented to the world feeds the narrative of "Pimp Preachers".
May God Bless You.
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Anniversary Gifts By Year— Dan Ponce (@DanPonce) December 14, 2018
4th: Fruit or Flowers
6th: Candy or Iron
7th: Wool or Copper
- according to Hallmark (#1-7) and Pastor John Gray (#8)
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here is a good example of, why i don't belong to anyone's church, don't need a middle person to tell me how to believe;— Maria Giner (@MariaGiner5) December 14, 2018
With tears, megachurch Pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini anniversary gift to wife https://t.co/DhUkFWHizB
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How about the pastor John Gray who gave his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini for their anniversity. Thats really preaching. Why people think he is the way is beyond me. Are they all mindless sheep?— Stuart Groten (@StuartGroten) December 14, 2018
#BlackExcellence: 83-Year-Old Earns Ph.D. From Louisiana State University was originally published on newsone.com