1st students graduate from Winfrey school
HENLEY-ON-KLIP, South Africa (AP) -January 14, 2012 (WPVI) -- Oprah Winfrey says the first students to graduate from her academy for underprivileged South African girls are "free to soar."
Winfrey spoke Saturday at a graduation ceremony that came five years after the first classes of 11- and 12-year-olds opened the school. Then, they were girls who had never used a computer before, had gone to primary schools that lacked enough desks and chairs for all the students, had been raised by grandmothers or older siblings after losing parents to AIDS, cancer or crime.
Saturday, they were young women headed to university to study medicine, law, engineering, economics.
Winfrey notes the gradates were born in 1994, the year apartheid ended, "into a nation that said: You are free. You are free to rise. You are free to soar."
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