Tales of the non-traditional
Nice touch for the college president to hand-deliver her diploma. To Hawaii. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. From The Huffington Post.
A 94-year-old woman is proving that it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.
Amy Craton of Honolulu is hoping to inspire others to “learn as long as you can” after earning her bachelor’s degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“I couldn’t see myself just sitting there watching Netflix all the time,” the great-grandmother told NH1 during a graduation party Monday. “It feels good to graduate, to finish that part of my life, but I feel like I’m still on the road. I have more to learn.”
Craton began pursuing a college degree in 1962, but had to put off her studies not long after so she could support her children following a divorce, she previously told NBC News.
Now that her children are all grown up, Craton ― who uses a wheelchair and is hard of hearing ― decided it was now or never.
She enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree program in the fall of 2013, WMUR reports.
“I said, ‘I can’t do it. I can’t go back to school,’” she told the New Hampshire station, describing her initial doubts.
Now, roughly 55 years after she put her dreams on hold, Craton holds a degree in creative writing and English that was hand-delivered to her Monday by the university’s president.