A 94-year-old Hawaiian great-grandmother just completed another item off of her bucket list: becoming a college graduate.
Amy Craton of Honolulu received her online bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University in November of last year. And the University’s president hand delivered her diploma on January 16th because the wheelchair bound student was unable to make it to the ceremony this past May.
It was such a delight to present 94-year-old Amy Craton with her diploma yesterday. Amy is a remarkable woman, now starting her Masters. pic.twitter.com/NxfUSQ1Y1k
— Paul LeBlanc (@snhuprez) January 17, 2017
Craton first attempted to get her degree in 1962 but was forced to leave her higher education aspirations behind when she needed to get a full-time job to provide for her four children.
— oasisdala (@oasisdala) January 19, 2017
In honor of her inspirational achievement, she was surprised earlier this week with a graduation party where she had some fun and provided some words of wisdom.
In the three minute video she first said, “It feels good to graduate. To finish that part of my life but I feel like I am still on the road. I have more to learn.”
Craton graduated with a 4.0 GPA and is now pursuing a masters degree. Her main purpose for doing so is because she believes education is important and her other options are limited.
“I couldn’t just sit there watching Netflix all the time. There was nothing on TV. I don’t watch soaps.” And by learning, “You’ll open up a whole new life. In fact you are getting life in you.”
So “You have to live and you have to learn as long as you can learn.”
And at my age, “Just sitting and doing nothing and learning nothing and being nothing at my age (is something) you have to be careful of…being nothing.”
The senior citizen is one of the oldest bachelor university degree recipients on record.