Ontario grandmother becomes oldest person to earn master’s degree at York University

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An Ontario grandmother, who is the oldest person to graduate with a master’s degree from York University, says young people should use their university education to make positive change in the world.

Varatha Shanmuganathan, 87, a Vaughan resident, graduated on Tuesday with her second master’s degree.

“I will tell them, the younger generation, do your degrees, not just for career’s sake. It should be something that should be life-changing,” Shanmuganathan said in a Twitter message.

“And you should think, not about yourself all the time, but think of your country, think of the world, think of all the issues that are being discussed in this world.”

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