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This 92-Year-Old Salon Owner Just Earned Her 4th College Degree

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This 92-Year-Old Salon Owner Just Earned Her 4th College Degree


A 92-year-old South Carolina woman attended the Midlands Tech graduation this past week to cheer on a new graduate—herself.

Annie Dillard, a hair salon owner in Columbia, S.C., earned her fourth college degree this week, an effort that keeps her mind sharp, she told WLTX 19.

“It feels wonderful,” she said. “I feel excited!”

Dillard was the first to walk the stage during the ceremony on Wednesday to pick up her new Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. She even arrived 1.5 hours early in anticipation of the big event.

“They told me to get here at 5:30, but I like to be on time, so I got here …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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