74-Year-Old Grandma Graduates College With Her 22-Year-Old Granddaughter Proving It’s Never Too Late

It’s never too late to get a fresh start in life, and a grandmother named Pat in Tennessee is proving it. She decided going back to college was the best choice for her, and she did it along with her 22-year-old granddaughter. Now they have graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a picture has surfaced of the two graduates standing side-by-side.

The degrees for both Pat and Melody, her granddaughter, were presented during a November 20 commencement ceremony.

Pat studied anthropology, earning a bachelor’s degree and Melody earned her bachelor’s in psychology. It seems as if they had enrolled at UTC in 2017 with the purpose of graduating together.

In order to maintain their schedule and graduate at the same time, it was sometimes necessary for Pat to take five courses per semester, not to mention the labs. It was quite a schedule for anyone, especially for a 74-year-old college student, but she managed to maintain a 3.79 grade-point average.

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Pat is not only a successful college graduate, she has also seen a lot of success in her career as an accountant. In addition to working, she is also a grandmother and mother.

According to a post by the college, a few courses were able to be taken back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but she was never able to get her degree. The money that was used for taking classes was only available after family expenses were cared for. She said there was very little left for her education.

It was after retiring that Pat’s family encouraged her to go back to college. Now that she is a college graduate, she is looking forward to taking more classes. Her target date is 2023 to get her bachelor’s in history. With some hard work, she may even graduate sooner.

Pat and Melody are not sure what they will eventually do with their degrees, but Melody shared with her college that her grandmother has inspired her and will remain her inspiration.

“She’s inspired me to sort of take my time. I have my whole life ahead of me,” she said. “It’s not inspiring me to be lazy, but just to enjoy my life because I know that I have a life to live. I don’t have to do it all now. Nana has seen and experienced a lot of things, and I would like to be able to say that when I’m older.”

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