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South Carolina State University President Honors 103-Year-Old Woman Who Survived COVID-19

Laura Beatham
Jul 03, 2021
04:10 P.M.
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A 103-year-old woman's alum mater honored her with a special framed certificate for her 103 birthday after surviving COVID-19.


South Carolina State University President, James Clark, honored alumnus Catherine Miller Morgan Harris for her 103rd birthday after she survived a mild case of COVID-19 last year.

Earlier this month, Clark, along with other university staff and Harris's family members, visited Harris at the Carlyle Senior Care center, in Florence, South Carolina, to wish her for her birthday.

James Clark, President of South Carolina State University gifted Catherine Miller Morgan Harris merchandise for her 103 birthday. | Photo: Good Morning American


Clark presented her with a framed certificate and gifted her university merchandise. Harris's niece, Elizabeth Coleman, told ABC NEWS that her aunt enjoyed the birthday celebrations as she laughed and smiled during the festivities.

While Clark told the outlet that she was a part of the South Carolina State University family. The university president told ABC News that he congratulated her as he said:

"She's a part of the family. I just congratulated her, told her that we all loved her. She's a very resilient person."


Harris's 103 birthday comes after she had a bout of COVID-19 last year. Luckily, Coleman explained she avoided being hospitalized as she did not have severe symptoms and dealt with a dry cough and a low temperature.

After being sick with the virus, she received the COVID-19 vaccine in January. According to the center's activities director, Crystal Evans, she is doing well, as she is alert and oriented.

Other amazing stories have been shared online following the graduation period this year.

Harris and family pictured with South Carolina State University merchandise. | Photo: Good Morning American


Her niece explained that Harris loves the Lord and believes her faith gave her a long life. Harris accomplished many things during her long life, starting with her Education degree in 1940.

She worked as a teacher in both North and South Carolina. Later, after returned to her hometown of Florence, she opened up a public relations office and worked at the business as an accountant.

Clark presented Harris with a frame certificate. | Photo: Good Morning America


The teacher and then accountant also spent time as a writer for an Afro-American newspaper. Coleman said that it was fantastic her aunt accomplished all she did during a time when it was difficult "for people of color to obtain any position of status."

Harris's story is truly inspiring, and it is so heartwarming that her alum mater recognized her and her accomplishments. Other amazing stories have been shared online following the graduation period this year.


In Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, a mother, Vicki Lawlor, 43, and her daughter, Hannah, 21, graduated from the University of Stirling after spending many nights together, studying at the dinner table during the pandemic.

Another mother, Odalis Contreras, 18, beat the odds this graduation period after completing high school with her two-year-old son by her side. The graduate fell pregnant with her son in her sophomore year.


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