June 10, 2021 1:17 pm
The passion to always learn new things and increase one’s personal culture is a passion that does not fade with age: Vivian Cunningham, 78-year-old great-grandmother who earned her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, is well aware of this.
“I would have been doing somersaults with happiness during the handover ceremony,” he told Today.com.
The retired woman, mother of two, grandmother of three grandchildren and great-grandmother of as many children, spent six years in college, studying liberal arts at the university in Birmingham, Alabama.
“I advise everyone to follow their dreams – he said -. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, keep insisting”.
Vivian was joined on the day of the ceremony by her family, including her 95-year-old mother (there were therefore at least five generations). “My friends also called me and told me that my experience has served to motivate them. And even the youngest in my family say that if I did it, they can certainly do it too.”
Not only that: considering hers an example to follow, an inspiration for everyone, the university has entitled a scholarship to her.
“Sometimes – she says, recounting her university career – I thought of giving up everything. But my family was with me, they supported me and encouraged me”.