Like they say, it’s never too late to follow your dreams. That’s just what Johnnie Jones did at 83 years old by earning his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. The recent grad also made history as the eldest Black person to ever receive an LSU degree.
So what made Jones want to enter college later in life? The Vietnam vet said he’d dropped out of school in the sixth grade to help his family and entered the military at 18. Throughout the years, he noticed how people were getting better jobs with college degrees. That’s when he knew he wanted to get his education on track. “Age is an artificial constraint,” Jones explained. “There’s nothing magical about 65, 75, 95, 105. Your behavior, your activities should be guided by your physical fitness and your mental fitness.”
Jones applied that wisdom to the next several years as he pursued his goals and he has no plans to stop. Next up, law school.“It’s my intent to pursue higher education as long as I’m physically and mentally able to do so,” Jones said. “I don’t plan on stopping.”