Grandma Graduates College at 84 Years Old

Grandma Graduates College at 84 Years Old
Susan Dutca-Lovell

An 84-year old grandmother was among the graduating class at the University of Texas at Dallas at last week's ceremony, finally earning her bachelor's degree in sociology after decades of being in the workforce. Despite her recent retirement, Janet Fein made good on what she preaches when she says "Never leave anything unfinished."

After skipping several grades and graduating from high school at the age of 16, Fein worked for several years as a secretary before earning an associate's degree and going on to work for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Fein raised five children and served as a secretary until she retired at age 77. Not quite ready to settle down and enjoy her hard-earned retirement, Fein decided to take part in a state program that allows those over the age of 65 to take free classes at public universities in Texas. Health experts claim that continuing education later in life is one way to keep fit; however, nationwide estimates show that only one percent of people 65 and older are college students.

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