Wearing a cap and gown, a 91-year-old northern Kentucky woman received Thomas More University’s first honorary certificate for women’s leadership, WLWT reported.
Sarah Blanken Kahmann was praised by acting university President Kathleen Jagger for her contributions to the community.
"Because she prioritized being a wife and mother, Ms. Kahmann was not able to pursue a college education," Jagger told WLWT. “”This did not prevent her from contributing in lasting ways to her community."
In 1992, Kahmann founded Enough is Enough, a national organization that promotes making the internet safer for children and families. She worked toward promoting concerns about online pornography and its connection to the sexual exploitation of women, WLWT reported.
Kahmann moved to Kentucky in 1993 and became active in several local groups, such as the Kenton County Republican Women's Club and the Florence Women's Club.
"In her efforts to lead a movement protecting children from child pornography, particularly on the internet, she has met many national and world leaders, including Pope John Paul II," Jagger told the television station. "Her work earned support across political party lines and many faiths."
Wearing her graduation robes and accompanied by her two daughters, Kahmann called her ceremony a special moment.
"I always wanted to go to college," Kahmann said. "I never got to go myself, but I wanted to, and, all of a sudden, at age 90-something, I thought maybe I should do that! I am so honored to be finally getting a college degree. It's something I used to dream about."
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