84-year-old woman graduates from the University with a bachelor’s degree
Did you know that Texas allows people over 65 to get up to six hours of free credit at public universities?
Janet Fein knew about it a year ago and decided to venture to study sociology regardless of whether she depended on an oxygen machine and a walker to attend her classes.
After raising five children and retiring at the age of 77 from her secretarial job, Fein, now 84, will earn a bachelor's degree this week from the University of Texas at Dallas.
But not everything was easy in her process to obtain the title she wanted "with all my heart". Because of her age, she began to feel strong pains in her knees that were not even relieved.
That's why she had to do a semester of independent study and take classes online to meet the requirements of her degree. "I learned a lot from each class. And that made me happy," the woman told the agency.
#ICYMI: After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein went back to school at University of Texas at Dallas and has earned her bachelor's degree at the tender age of 84. https://t.co/blNorESVmA pic.twitter.com/wj9yYi3355— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) December 17, 2018
Renee Brown, a certified nursing assistant who is one of Fein's caregivers, told the AP that this woman has inspired her. That's why, at 53, she plans to enroll in a program to become a licensed vocational nurse.
"She said, 'Renee, you can do it.' If you can do it, you'll feel great," Brown recalled.
Fein grew up in the Bronx, New York. After graduating at the age of 16, she went to work as a secretary in a clothing company. She got married, spent 18 years at home with her children and then worked 20 years as a secretary at a Dallas orthopedic hospital, the job she retired from in 2012.
People over 65 represent less than one percent of US college students. In 2015, they accounted for about 67,000 of approximately 20 million college students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
In a similar story, a 94-year-old great-grandmother celebrated receiving her college degree, which she earned with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Amy Craton had put her education on hold in 1962 to return to work and raise her four children following a divorce. She decided to finally finish her education because the timing was right and she disliked the idea of being idle during her golden years.
A high-school graduate, who goes by @sickasxxgeorge on Instagram, surprised everybody while receiving his diploma by dancing on the walkway.
The clip was recorded at the Broadmoor High School, where the annual graduation ceremony was held. All of a sudden, the young man stole the show by dancing in the most energetic way in front of a large audience and the fellow graduate students.