- Pat Ormond graduated with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology at the age of 74
- The determined woman said she quit college in the late 1970s to build her family but decided to go back to school and achieve her dream to get a degree after her retirement
- The grandma was delighted to receive her degree but the icing on the cake was graduating alongside her granddaughter
Pat Ormond has challenged the status quo and proved it is never too late to achieve any dream you may have in life, including getting a degree at old age.
The 74-year-old received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology, 42 years after taking her first college class in 1978.
According to CNN, Ormond's success was even more blissful because she graduated alongside her 22-year-old granddaughter Melody who also attended the same university as she did, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC).
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The grandma said she was forced to quit college back in the late 1970s after moving from Atlanta to Tennessee and started working as an accountant and also focused on nurturing her family, including Melody's father.
After her retirement, her family encouraged her to follow her academic dreams.
After her granddaughter moved from Kentucky to study psychology at UTC, she decided to join her and they both enrolled together in the school.
"I always knew I would graduate from college but I did not know that my nana would also be there."
The enthusiastic grandma said she hoped she would inspire nontraditional college students to chase their dreams.
In her words:
"My father taught me from a young age that learning never stops. In whatever you do, never stop learning."
And to prove she is living by her father's advice, she is already working on getting a degree in History and though her granddaughter is currently looking for a job, she said she is also planning to get a master's degree in clinical psychology.
In other news, Drs Cynthia and Jasmine Kudji, mother and daughter respectively, have etched their names in the books of history by becoming the first mum and daughter to graduate medical school in the same year and be matched at the same institution.
Jasmine attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana while her mother Cynthia enrolled at The University of Health and Sciences on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.
The duo have shared their story and lovely photos of their big day to motivate people all over the world.
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