• Patti Raspolich

94-year-old Woman Graduates College

At 94-years-old, Amy Craton is officially the oldest person to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). With a 4.0 grade point average, Amy has earned a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and English through the online degree program that is offered by the University.

Impressive as that is, she does not plan to stop there. “It feels good to graduate, but… I have more to learn,” Craton tells reporters. She is now pursuing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English. With a passion to never stop learning, Amy plans to graduate by the fall of 2019, saying, “I couldn't see just sitting there watching Netflix all the time.”

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While being surprised with a graduation celebration this past week in Honolulu where she currently resides, Craton was presented her diploma by SNHU president Paul LeBlanc. She was joined by her family and friends, as well as fellow Hawaii-based SNHU students and alumni. The event included a local band, leis for the guests and a visit from Amy's academic advisor, Chrisandra Bauer, who was happy to celebrate the occasion.

After enrolling in college in 1962 to pursue a bachelor of arts degree, Craton left her studies to raise her four children. In those years, she raised a wonderful family and not only became a mother, but also a grandmother and great-grand mother. Although she was not able to attend school for more than 50 years, she believes in taking advantage of second chances. “If you're thinking about going back to school, do it. You'll open up a whole new life.”

Southern New Hampshire University staff members are feeling inspired by the 94-year-old graduate. President LeBlanc speaks of Amy Craton, saying she “is the epitome of a lifelong learner, and my hope is that her story will remind others that it's never too late to follow their dreams or learn something.” Amy is an amazing example of why we should never stop learning.

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