96 Year-Old Graduates College With A 4.0 GPA

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A Florida grandmother graduates from college at 96-years-old with a 4.0 grade point average. In 1973, Violet Edwards immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica. She attended the College of New Rochelle in New York, but dropped out early to help pay for her daughter to go to medical school.

She spent years working in her daughter’s medical practice and helping to raise her grandkids, but always dreamed of returning to finish her schooling. Then a couple of years ago, she decided to finally do it and signed up to take courses online. After she re-enrolled in college, Edwards learned that she had breast cancer, but she still managed to keep her grades up while she went through treatment, including undergoing surgery.

Then this year, the now 96-year-old finally achieved her long-time goal of earning her college degree. She graduated from Mercy College with a perfect 4.0 GPA and also received her final radiation treatment at about the same time. Her retirement home in Florida, threw her a party to celebrate her achievement and the Consulate General from her home country of Jamaica presented Edwards with a proclamation.

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