If you’re the type to sit around at home wondering if you should attend or go back to college, the story about Doreetha Daniels should give you a bit of motivation. At 99 years old, she recently received her Associate of Arts Degree from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. She didn’t go back to school in hopes of getting a better job or anything of the sort. Daniels only went back to school because she stated her grandchildren were working on or had finished their Master’s Degrees and she vowed to get her degree prior to her 100th.
According to BET,Daniels finally walked in her commencement ceremony at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California on Friday,June 5. Also setting the record for being the oldest person to graduate from the 45-year-old institution. Daniels stated, “I accomplished what I wanted to do, and this is my dream come true,” she told KTLA after the ceremony.
Daniels, who was born in Nebraska and lived through Prohibition, Jim Crow, the Suffrage Movement, Vietnam and so much more, has arguably seen more with her own eyes than she could ever learn from a textbook, but, according to her, nothing compares to seeing your name printed on a diploma. “Don’t give up. Do it. Don’t let anybody discourage you,” she says to her decades-younger classmates. “Say that, ‘I’m going to do it,’ and do it for yourself.”
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Congrats Miss Doreetha! You did it. You not only completed your goals, but you are a true inspiration for us all