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Priyanka Chopra, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling congratulate Malala Yousafzai as she graduates from Oxford

The Pakistani activist is celebrating her graduation just like everybody else – with Netflix

Malala Yousafzai celebrates completing her Oxford exams with a 'trashing' tradition. Malala Yousafzai / Twitter 
Malala Yousafzai celebrates completing her Oxford exams with a 'trashing' tradition. Malala Yousafzai / Twitter 

Stars have rushed to congratulate Malala Yousafzai as she completes her studies at one of the world's most prestigious universities.

The Pakistani activist for female education and founder of the non-profit Malala Fund has completed her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, eight years after being shot in the head by the Taliban in the Swat District of Pakistan for speaking out about girls’ education.

Sharing the happy news on social media, Yousafzai said that she didn’t know what the future held for her, but she knew how she would be celebrating in the meantime.

“Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford,” read the post. “I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep.”

The post was accompanied by two photos of Yousafzai celebrating. In one, she is seen covered in confetti and cake, a tradition known as 'trashing', which is carried out by Oxford students once exams are completed. In another photo, she is seen enjoying a celebratory cake alongside her proud family.

Yousafzai asked her 1.4 million Instagram followers for Netflix recommendations, before adding that she planned to “sleep for days”.

Priyanka Chopra was among the first to congratulate Yousafzai on her graduation, saying: “Congratulations Malala! That’s amazing.”

Mindy Kaling also commented to say: “Congratulations! Enjoy your Netflix!”

Reese Witherspoon, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever were among the other stars to reach out.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, also extended his congratulations. “Congratulations Malala. You continue to inspire and empower the next generation of young women and girls to know that there is no limits to their aspirations,” he wrote on Twitter.

In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. Three years later, she accepted a place to study at Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford.

At the start of her degree, she tweeted to say: “Five years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”

Alongside her studies, Yousafzai has been busy working with the Malala Fund, which helps supports the work of education champions in developing countries and speeds up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world.

Updated: June 21, 2020 10:51 AM

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