Earning a college degree is an achievement for a US US mother, grandmother and now a great-grandmother as she gets her diploma at the age of 94!
Amy Craton, a Hawaiian native received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English in a surprise awarding by officials from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).
The 94-year-old woman allegedly took online classes for two and a half years and successfully earned her college degree.
According to reports, she dropped out of college in 1962 to raise her four children, shortly after her husband divorced her. Decades after, Craton never thought she could still claim her much-awaited diploma. In 2013, she enrolled in online classes in SNHU and managed to score a perfect 4.0 GPA (grade point average) for all her subjects.
“I said, ‘I can’t do it. I can’t go to school again,’” Craton told local news site WMUR. “I couldn’t see just sitting there, watching Netflix all the time…You have to live, you have to learn, as long as you can.”
To officially bestow her diploma as a new college degree earner, SMHU officials allegedly flew to Honolulu to meet Craton who strolls in a wheelchair and has hearing impairments.
Craton then shared, “Though I do hear, it was difficult making out what the professor was saying, but then I found out about online classes, it was definitely for me.”
School president Paul LeBlanc was also stunned with Craton’s determination to finish her studies despite her age. “I think we were all a little surprised,” he said. “For someone to go back to school in their 90s and handle new technology, [that can] be a little surprising, but given what we understand about Amy, it’s probably not a surprise in her case.”
After finishing a bachelor’s degree / college degree, Craton is about to enroll in a master’s degree program in the same university. She is also set to put out a children’s book soon.
“But, I feel like I’m still on the road,” Craton said. “I have more to learn.”