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92-Year-Old Woman Earns 4th College Degree, Says She’s Returning for Another

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92-Year-Old Woman Earns 4th College Degree, Says She’s Returning for Another

By Yesha Callahan via

She may be 92 years old, but Annie Dillard had her pose ready for the standing ovation she received when she graduated Wednesday from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C., and she’s not done learning.

Dillard, who received an associate degree, her fourth academic degree, plans to return to college to study early childhood education, and this is being done while she’s running her own beauty salon. Kinda makes you …


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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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