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94-year-old woman who dropped out of school in 1962 to care for her children finally earns university degree

A 94-year-old woman named Amy Craton has achieved her dream of earning a college degree 50 years after she dropped out. She graduated from Grambling State University, in the United States.

Amy, from Hawaii, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English through an online program at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) with a perfect 4.0 grade point average according to the university’s website.

She initially enrolled to get her bachelor of arts degree in 1962 but had to drop out of school to raise her four children. Because of her long distance and health, Amy was surprised by the university with a graduation celebration in her home.

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“It feels good to graduate, but in many ways, I feel I am still on the road; I have more to learn,” she said. The graduation had in attendance her family, friends, and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)alumni, living in Hawaii.

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”Amy is the epitome of a lifelong learner, and I hope that her story will remind others that it’s never too late to follow their dreams or learn something new. The entire SNHU community could not be more proud of her accomplishment,” the university’s president said.

During the celebration, the university President LeBlanc presented her with her diploma among friends, family, and fellow Hawaii-based SNHU alumni. Several of Amy’s family members who could not attend the Hawaii event joined via video chat.

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Amy stated that she has a passion for haikus and aspires to write a children’s book. During the program, Craton recited an original poem she wrote. “If you’re thinking about going back to school, do it. You’ll open up a whole new life,” she said.

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Amy’s Academic Advisor, Chrisandra Bauer who was also present at the ceremony as she has never met Amy before describes Amy’a achievement as an inspiration for all.

“Amy has inspired so many people by finishing her degree and it has been an absolute pleasure working with her on her academic journey. I am so happy that I was able to be here today to celebrate her success,” Chrisandra said.

The university mentioned that Amy is SNHU’s oldest graduate and active student as she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English at the university.

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In another story, a 74-year-old man named David Morris has achieved his dream of completing his university education 50 years after he dropped out. He graduated from Harris Stowe State University, in the United States.

David, from Missouri, graduated from Harris Stowe State University and made history as the oldest graduate in his class and the institution. He told Kjc8 that he has been on a mission to graduate college since 1973.

“I walked across that stage and it seemed like everybody was genuinely happy for me. Don’t give up. If it’s worth it, you got to fight for it,” he said. Read more about David HERE.

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