In the United States, Violet Edwards, 96, beat the previous record for the oldest African-American woman to get a college degree when she completed Mercy College in New York.
Violet Edwards was also the oldest person to receive a degree in Florida and the fifth-oldest college graduate in the entire globe.
She was born in Jamaica in 1925, the youngest child in her family. When she was a little girl, she was a brilliant student and an avid reader. She was the first person in her community to enroll at Happy Grove High School in Jamaica on a full academic scholarship.
During the years of World War II, she reportedly enrolled for the Caribbean Secondary Education Diploma that she required to complete her education. Her exam arrived in London without incident, and she passed despite concerns that the ship carrying it, which had to be brought to England for grading, might be a war casualty.
She enrolled at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, in the early 1980s but eventually left due to financial issues. Edwards started her career in Jamaica, where she enjoyed a successful career that saw her become the first female regional inspector hired by the Jamaica Postal Service.
Throughout her career, she prioritized her family, ensuring sure her daughter entered medical school. The Florida Perinatal Center, LLC’s medical director for the United States is currently her daughter, Dr. Christine Edwards.