105-Year-Old Woman Earns Stanford Master’s Degree

Image credit: Charles Russo, Stanford

Virginia Hislop, a 105-year-old resident of Yakima, Washington, made headlines by achieving her long-held goal of obtaining a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. On June 16, she received her degree, fulfilling a dream she had nurtured since 1940, when she originally aimed to pursue graduate studies but had to defer due to marriage.

Born in Palo Alto, Hislop’s dedication to education and community service spans decades. She first enrolled at Stanford in 1936 for her bachelor’s degree and later returned for her Master’s, which she was unable to complete earlier due to personal commitments during World War II.

Throughout her life, Hislop remained deeply involved in education, advocating for improved schooling in Yakima and serving on various educational boards, including as a founding member of the Yakima Community College board and a longtime member of the Heritage University board in Toppenish, Washington.

Reflecting on her journey, Hislop expressed gratitude for the recognition of her contributions through the Master’s degree. She emphasized her belief in providing every child with opportunities for academic growth and ensuring equal access to education.

At the commencement ceremony, Stanford GSE Dean Daniel Schwartz hailed Hislop as a champion for equity and learning opportunities. Her perseverance and commitment to education serve as an inspiration, showcasing the enduring pursuit of knowledge regardless of age.

In a touching moment during the ceremony, Hislop remarked, “My goodness! I’ve waited a long time for this.” Her achievement underscores the importance of lifelong learning and dedication to community service, resonating deeply with those present and inspiring generations to come.

Re-reported from the article originally published in She the People.

105-Year-Old Woman Earns Stanford Master’s Degree

Image credit: Charles Russo, Stanford

Virginia Hislop, a 105-year-old resident of Yakima, Washington, made headlines by achieving her long-held goal of obtaining a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. On June 16, she received her degree, fulfilling a dream she had nurtured since 1940, when she originally aimed to pursue graduate studies but had to defer due to marriage.

Born in Palo Alto, Hislop’s dedication to education and community service spans decades. She first enrolled at Stanford in 1936 for her bachelor’s degree and later returned for her Master’s, which she was unable to complete earlier due to personal commitments during World War II.

Throughout her life, Hislop remained deeply involved in education, advocating for improved schooling in Yakima and serving on various educational boards, including as a founding member of the Yakima Community College board and a longtime member of the Heritage University board in Toppenish, Washington.

Reflecting on her journey, Hislop expressed gratitude for the recognition of her contributions through the Master’s degree. She emphasized her belief in providing every child with opportunities for academic growth and ensuring equal access to education.

At the commencement ceremony, Stanford GSE Dean Daniel Schwartz hailed Hislop as a champion for equity and learning opportunities. Her perseverance and commitment to education serve as an inspiration, showcasing the enduring pursuit of knowledge regardless of age.

In a touching moment during the ceremony, Hislop remarked, “My goodness! I’ve waited a long time for this.” Her achievement underscores the importance of lifelong learning and dedication to community service, resonating deeply with those present and inspiring generations to come.

Re-reported from the article originally published in She the People.