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Saudi Woman, Aged 70, Obtains University Degree After a Hiatus of 46 Years

“Hope is lost but I have regained it. The moment of my graduation and honouring on the dais at Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faisal University was so impressive and memorable as it came after a long wait spanning over 46 years,” said Salwa Al-Omani, a 70-year-old Saudi woman.

She graduated from Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faisal University with a bachelor’s degree with honours.

Al-Omani expressed her delight after winning success in her long fight to obtain a university degree, overcoming all the heavy odds that stood in the way.

The presence of her daughters at the graduation ceremony added to the intensity of her joy. “This is a memory that will remain in my mind as long as I live,” she said while speaking to

Al-Omani revealed that she graduated from high school with an excellent grade, at the age of 17. When she intended to do her bachelor’s degree, she approached the university and obtained permission for official enrollment to specialize in chemistry as her major.

However, her life took a different turn all of a sudden as she was unable to pursue her educational goal at an early age.

Al-Omani said that she resumed her pursuit to complete her education after a gap of 46 years.

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