It’s official! Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls can now claim a class of graduates.

The media mogul’s philanthropic school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa held its first graduation ceremony for 72 young women Saturday, after opening its doors in 2007, according to Reuters.

The school, for example, was among a few in South Africa in which all of the students passed the high school graduation exam, and 72 of the original 75 members graduated from the school.

To put that success into perspective, in South Africa more than half a million members of the class of 2011 dropped out before the remaining 496,000 took their final exams. And only a quarter of those who graduated qualified for university study, according to government stats.

So what’s the next step for the Academy’s graduates?

The girls, who wore white to the ceremony, will head to college in South Africa and the United States, according to the news agency.

“I was tested. We all were tested,” Winfrey said. “I’m a proud, proud momma.”

The source added that all of the girls will be attending colleges while 10 percent of them will be brought here in the United States.

Congrats to Oprah and the graduates!

 


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