This 94-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Just Graduated With a Perfect GPA, and Plans to Pursue a Master's Degree
Amy Cranton, a great-grandmother from Honolulu just earned her bachelor's degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA at the age of 94.
"It feels good to graduate, to finish that part of my life, but I feel like I'm still on the road. I have more to learn," Cranton told NH1.
Embodying the idea of a life-long learner, she hopes to inspire others to learn.
Cranton originally began pursuing her degree in 1962, but due to a divorce, she put college off, and prioritized raising her children, she told NBC News in 2016.
After realizing she didn't want to waste her time scrolling through Netflix channels, and with her son's suggestion, she enrolled in online courses at Southern New Hampshire University in September 2014.
University officials say Cranton is the oldest student to ever get her degree from Southern New Hampshire University. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, she may be one of the oldest students in the whole country as only 5 percent of undergraduates at private four-year, non-profit institutions are 35 and older.
Her academic adviser, Chrisandra Bauer, tells NBC News she is "so persistent and so dedicated," saying she has no trouble keeping up with the course load.
The biggest challenge Cranton faces: the six-hour time difference between Hawaii and New Hampshire, often requiring her to stay up into the early hours of the morning to submit assignments on time.
She plans to use her degree to pursue a master's degree and try her hand at poetry. She's already purchased a haiku book for beginners, and has hopes of writing a children's book.
Cranton wasn't able to fly to the university for a graduation ceremony and instead received her diploma at a surprise commencement in Honolulu.
"I try living my life to the fullest," she told NH1. "If you're at home, pick up a book and read. Any kind of book. Expand yourself, expand your knowledge. Expand your life."
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