Malala Yousafzai Oxford graduate

Pakistani social activist, Malala Yousafzai, is a graduate of the prestigious Oxford University now. The activist was among the popular YouTube lineup who addressed the class of 2020 at the virtual graduation ceremony.

Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes, Katy Perry, and Tailor Swift. Moreover, Michelle Obama also graced the virtual gradual ceremony. Malala Yousafzai besides being a graduate of Oxford Class 2020 addressed the virtual graduation ceremony.

Malala Yousafzai message to the fellow graduate 

YouTube also shared a 12-second clip of Malala from the special virtual commencement ceremony. “Don’t be defined by what you lose in this crisis but by how you respond to it,” the 22-year-old shared. “You have gained your education, now it’s time that you go out and use it for the betterment of the world. Congratulations to the class of 2020,” said Malala Yousafzai to the fellow graduates of Oxford University.


Singer Jennifer Lopez also congratulated, Malala Yousafzai saying she was “most honored” to introduce the girl who inspired her and “took misfortune and turned it into a movement.”

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She then gave a motivational speech to the students. “Got fired? Learning experience. Got your heart broken? Learning experience. Graduating during a global crisis? That’s more than a learning experience. It’s a growing experience,” she said. “You’re learning the most important lesson of all: Every obstacle is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to change.”

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has given way to the virtual events. Hence, YouTube organized the virtual graduation ceremony to bid farewell to the students.

Malala Yousafzai begin education at Oxford University

The Noble Prize laureate has penned down her experience at the University of Oxford for British Vogue magazine. The editor of the magazine Edward Enninful shared the news from her Twitter account.

She took to Twitter and wrote. “As Malala Yousafzai begins her second year at university, in the November issue of British Vogue on newsstands this Friday, she reflects on her life at Oxford University and why every girl deserves the same chance.”
She even shared a glimpse of her first day at Oxford University. Malala posted pictures of her laptop, textbook and pencil, as she began her degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics.
Moreover, her tweet had some powerful messages for her detractors. She said that five years ago, she was shot in an attempt to sabotage her journey towards attaining education, by Taliban militants. Now, after five years to the day, she is attending her first lecturers at the world’s prestigious educational institute, the University of Oxford.


Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala is a Pakistani Pashtun activist for female education. She is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Malala propagates the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She emerged a powerful advocate of female education when the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school in her home town. Her unbridled support for the cause made her an international figure. According to former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she is “the most prominent citizen” of the country.

In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu. In which she detailed her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life. She rose in prominence through international media coverage. She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu.

Taliban gunman shot Malala Yousafzai and two girls on 9 October 2012. The incident happened when girls were way to home on a bus after a school exam. The terrorists targetted her for her activism. The gunman fled the scene. A bullet hit Yousafzai in the head. She remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. But her condition later improved enough to transfer her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. Hence, the attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle reported in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world”.

The world recognized Malala

Based in Birmingham, she co-founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization. In 2013 co-authored I Am Malala, an international bestseller. In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. Also, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Also, she is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate at the age of 17.