This 93 year old university student makes growing old look awesome.

The gorgeous graduate

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You’ve got to meet Dr Lis Kirby. She just became Australia’s oldest PhD graduate, at 93 years old. NINETY. THREE.

Before Lis enrolled at Sydney University to do her PhD thesis in the business department, it had been 70 years since she’d done an exam. The last time she took a class or wrote an essay, it was before computers were invented. There was no internet. There wasn’t even television.

Yet, here she is, at 93 years old, accepting her PhD on stage alongside students who are decades younger than her. Here she is, with a nimble mind, a full, awesome life and a level of motivation we would love to have ourselves.

She’s, quite frankly, an incredible inspiration. If we grow up to be half as accomplished and learned as Lis, we’ll be very happy grandmothers.

I’ll leave you with her wise words:

“I believe that people should be judged in old age on their capacity, not on their chronological age. I think it is terribly wrong that as soon as a person reaches a certain age they are automatically written off as too old. It really is infuriating that people assume you can’t do something because of your age.”


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