If you thought for one second that receiving an education has a cutoff age, think again, because Doreetha Daniels just proved everyone wrong. At 99 years of age, Daniels has seen a lot of the world, and last week her family and friends got to see her graduate from college.
In 1999, Daniels enrolled at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. And although she had a few setbacks, including a stroke and temporary vision loss, Daniels became the college’s oldest graduate Friday when she received her associate’s degree.
“Doreetha is a living testament to the saying, ‘If there is a will, there is a way,’” faculty member Liz Shaker said in a press release. “Her desire to get out of bed each day and come to school and face the challenges in and outside of the classroom inspired us all. She is truly an amazing woman who has impacted my life, and I feel so fortunate that I was able to experience her journey alongside her.”
Daniels said she was inspired by her grandchildren, who are currently in college for their master’s degrees.
“I accomplished what I wanted to do, and this is my dream come true,” she said after her graduation ceremony.
Daniels also offered a few words of advice to the younger generations: “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.”