Determined academic bags his Master's degree at 86 years of age

Determined academic bags his Master's degree at 86 years of age

- A Talladega native from Alabama named Harold Franklin has bagged his Master's degree at 86 years old

- After many years, the resilient black man has earned his postgraduate degree from the University of Denver

- He got his undergraduate degree from Alabama State University

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There’s no force that can stop a man determined to succeed and Dr Harold Franklin, an indigene of Talladega in Alabama, just affirmed this narrative as he earned his Master’s degree.

Harold Franklin, who is 86 years old, finally bagged his degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama after years of hard work.

The academic has raised the bar of black excellence after maximising his education potential.

Determined Black man bags his master's degree at 86 after being prevented the first time (Video)

Dr. Harold Franklin/Photo credit: Instagram
Source: UGC

According to, Franklin made history as the first African-American student to integrate from Auburn University in 1964. learned that the university initially denied him admission and access to a dorm room on campus.

Franklin revealed that he and veteran civil rights attorney, Fred Gray, challenged Auburn University’s decision and defeated the university twice in federal court.

However, he faced another setback in 1969. The young Alabama State University graduate ran into hurdles at Auburn University when he submitted his thesis to get his Master's degree.

The setback prevented him from graduating from Auburn, but a resilient Franklin left and went on to earn his postgraduate degree from the University of Denver in Colorado.

Harold Franklin will be returning to Auburn University in February to defend his thesis following an invitation from the university.

Franklin was set to celebrate his academic milestone by walking across the stage to accept his degree in May but it was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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In another story, Prosper Batariwah has celebrated his laudable academic accomplishment after he graduated from the University of Ghana Law School.

Prosper was Sarbah's student legal advisor and later became the Law Students' Union president. The young man completed his years of academic training at the prestigious University of Ghana Law School and graduated with first class honours.

In a post sighted by, Prosper Batariwah announced he has proudly ''bagged'' his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with first class honours. He indicated that the four years at the university had been a fulfilling journey.

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