A 99-year-old Agua Dulce woman earned cheers and tears on Friday when she celebrated graduating from College of the Canyons before turning a century old.
Doreetha Daniels has been studying at the community college in Santa Clarita since 2009, determined to earn her degree.
“99, here I am,” she said at the podium, garnering cheers from the audience Friday.
“I accomplished what I wanted to do, and this is my dream come true,” she said after the ceremony.
Her grandchildren, who were working on masters’ degrees, inspired her, Daniels said.
Her son said she persevered through her education despite suffering a couple of strokes and losing her driver’s license.
Relatives shed tears of pride after the graduation ceremony where Daniels was awarded an associate’s degree in social sciences.
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 is resilient. She demonstrates grit,” said counselor Liz Shaker. “She inspires students.”
7959 Views Comments
During a lakeside baptism service in Ethiopia, a pastor was killed after a crocodile attacked him. An 80-strong congregation looked on in horror as the reptile
3999 Views Comments
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A couple’s wedding day and the birth of their first child is often looked at as two major life events. One
4378 Views Comments
A man riding a motorized scooter on a busy Chinese street had a lucky escape from injury when he was struck by a truck that