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Posted at 2:22 AM ET, 05/16/2010

A 94-year-old woman earns college degree

By Valerie Strauss

How’s this for inspirational? Hazel Soares, a 94-year-old great grandmother, earned her bachelor’s degree in art history this weekend at Mills College in Oakland.

She was born in Richmond, Calif., in 1915. She said she always wanted to attend college, the Associated Press reported, but she graduated from high school during the Great Depression and her education stopped.

"Unless you had some help, it would have been impossible to go to college," Soares said. "However I never lost the desire to go."

She spent six years taking courses at Chabot College in Hayward before earning her associate’s degree when she was 85. Then she enrolled at Mills College in 2007.

Soares has six children and 40 grandchildren and great-children. Believed to be the second oldest person to graduate from college, she plans to use her education to work as a docent at a museum.

By the way, the 94-year-old still drives, and only visits her doctor once every three years.


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By Valerie Strauss  | May 16, 2010; 2:22 AM ET
Categories:  College Life  | Tags:  94-year old earns degree, Mills College, college graduation, hazel soares, second oldest woman earns degree, second oldest woman graduates from college  
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Way to go, Mrs. Soares! I'd be interest to know what the reactions of her professors were to finding her in their classes.

Posted by: sideswiththekids | May 17, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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