99-Year-Old Woman Graduates From College

June 7, 2015  |  

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It’s never too late to chase your dreams.

99-year-old Doreetha Daniels is no stranger to chasing her dreams. Dulce recently graduated from the College of the Canyons. According to KTLA, the 99 y/o was inspired by her grandchildren.

Her son said she persevered through her education despite suffering a couple of strokes and losing her driver’s license.

College officials said Daniels struggled sometimes — especially with computer literacy — at a campus where most students are 18 to 24 years old.

But she just worked harder, according to the college. Twice a week before class, she studied, did her homework and worked with tutors at the college’s tutoring center.

She was touted as “one of the most dedicated and hardworking students” in the statistics class, the college said in a news release.

Doreetha stated, “99, here I am. I accomplished what I wanted to do, and this is my dream come true.”

When she was asked what advice she would to younger generations, Daniels said: “Don’t give up. Do it. Don’t let anybody discourage you. Say that, ‘I’m going to do it,’ and do it for yourself.”

Go Doreetha!

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  • Masterpieced

    Okay EBONY and Essence MAGAZINES Put her on your COVERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • fromanotherplanet

    No tea no shade but what’s the point of a college degree at this age? America’s obsession with degrees can be toxic sometimes. Not everyone is meant to be college educated. Some people have the skills to be electricians, mechanics, plumbers, hairdressers etc These are all noble professions and no one should be ashamed of pursuing them. Hairdressers and electricians can also be millionaires. They can learn their trade and use their business savvy skills to expand. Also, money is not everything. As long as you are making a living and living within your means and surrounded yourself with people who love and cherish you, you will be authentically happy. I’ve watched many a friends who had no business being in college taking out massive loans to finance degrees only because they have been pressured by family and society to be college-educated. Now they are in massive debt and struggling to finish programs they have no skills in or passion for. College opens doors, no doubt about that, but the focus should be on skill set and not just holding a piece of paper. The fact that woman is close to damn 100 and still could not find fulfillment because she didn’t have some piece of paper is just troubling smh.

    • 1Val

      The fact this lady is 99 years old with mental acuity and physical health to enroll and complete college is quite a feat. The point is she did it because she COULD do it. Who wouldn’t want to live to be 99 years old in good health with a loving family and still excited about life? Kudos to her!!!

    • MissB

      You are definitely from another planet if you could not see that she did not do it for any type of monetary gain but for her own personal achievement. Stop belittling her achievement. She had probably being told that she could not achieve anything worthwhile in her life and it took her this long to prove her naysayers wrong.
      Don’t hate; celebrate with her.

      • fromanotherplanet

        I’m not hating. I’m just not enslaved to this American capitalist obsession that self-fulfillment and happiness only comes from certificates and other man-made signifiers of wealth. Her full and long life is enough achievement. Her family and friends is enough achievement. The respect she earns from having lived a respectable life is enough achievement. If she didn’t find a sense of purpose in any of these things, a piece of paper from an academic institution won’t change that. I don’t see the point of a 100 year old woman getting a degree. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Cheers xx

        • Masterpieced

          What else would she do? Sit and rock all day? My GOD! Applaud her for her life! How dare you put this as a comment. I hope MN deletes it!

    • Masterpieced

      I bet you have no college degree…

      • fromanotherplanet

        I have 3 actually but that’s neither here nor there *sips tea*

        • Masterpieced

          Th nallow others the same. If our children no longer pursue degrees that it yet one more slap against them.

    • Aj

      you are so negative, you should hate to hear your own voice, what a JERK!! college if for whoever wants to go, no matter what age, STUPIED, we can tell you didn’t go,so sit around and talk down about the ones that do. I bet it was a REAL struggle for you in high school !

      • fromanotherplanet

        You mad because my opinion is not aligned with populist capitalistic notions of American “success?” MAD?

    • Krypto

      Real talk. Everything you said.

  • Trillary Banks

    As my late uncle use to say “You’re never too old to do anything.”

  • Faith

    Congratulations to that young lady. Way to go!

  • Trini_Angel

    Great role model! Never give up on ur dreams!!

  • Ajavee

    Way to go Ms. Doreetha;-)

  • K. Matthews

    Awesome and inspiring woman. She proves that it’s never too late to follow your dreams as long as your ambitions obstacles mean nothing.