When California State University, Los Angeles’s Class of 2017 graduated, 70-year-old Berenice Onofre Vásquez was one of its most accomplished members. The Peruvian woman – who arrived in the United States at 21 – received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership last week, according to NBC News. Though she had already earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Public Administration from Cal State LA, Berenice wanted to continue pursuing higher education so that she could become a professor. “If I have a doctorate, my words would have more weight,” she told NBC News. “I would have more respect and I can do more.”
School has always played an important role in Onofre Vásquez’s life. Growing up in Caiqui, she attended a school in Central Peru until the third grade – the highest level offered. But her parents wanted her to continue with …
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