It’s never too late to finish what you’ve started, Especially in Amy Craton’s case, even if it took her more than five decades to do it.
94-year-old Amy Craton, is a great-grandmother and just received her college degree, which she earned with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
She put her education on hold in 1962 to return to work and raise her four children following a divorce.
“It feels good to graduate, to finish that part of my life, but I feel that I’m still on the road,” she said in an interview released by her school, Southern New Hampshire University. “I have much more to learn.”
SNHU president Paul LeBlanc flew from the Manchester school to Honolulu, where Craton lives, to personally award her diploma at a surprise graduation party.
In a wheelchair and hard of hearing, Craton, returned to school through an online program the university offered. Craton selected Southern New Hampshire because it brought back childhood memories of living in New England and decided that she didn’t want to spend her golden years at a stand still.
“I couldn’t see just sitting there watching Netflix all the time,” she said in a video provided by SNHU. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and English, is the school’s oldest graduate, and university officials believe she may be one of the oldest students in the nation. “I’m trying to live my life to the fullest,” she said.
Craton often stayed up late to get her schoolwork done, the six-hour time difference between Hawaii and New Hampshire was her biggest hurdle.morning. she doesn’t regret a single moment.
“If you’re thinking about going back to school, do it,” she said. “You’ll open up a whole new life.”