Malala Yousafzai, the activist and youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, graduated from Oxford University. She announced the news on Twitter, sharing two photos and letting her followers know that she graduated with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.
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"Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford," she wrote. The photos showed Yousafzai and her family celebrating, including a traditional "trashing" ceremony, which involves confetti, foam, and cake.
Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford. I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep. 😴 pic.twitter.com/AUxN55cUAf
— Malala (@Malala) June 19, 2020
Yousafzai started studying at Oxford in October 2017. The New York Times notes that she was accepted into Lady Margaret Hall, the same college that Pakistan's first female prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, attended. While she was enrolled, Yousafzai joined the cricket club; the Oxford Union, a debate club; and the Oxford Pakistan Society.
Yousafzai was born in Pakistan's Swat Valley and made headlines with her activism. Taliban gunmen shot her in 2012 — she was only 15 — after she advocated for girls to attend school. Following the incident, she and her family relocated to Birmingham in the U.K. After her recovery, she and her father co-founded the Malala Fund to continue advocating for girls' education. Later, in 2014, Yousafzai, along with and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian advocate for children's rights, won the Nobel Peace Prize in a joint ceremony.
"It seems like pressure, but it's not pressure," Yousafzai said at the time. "It's strength and encouragement."