This 74-year-old grandmother just graduated from college alongside her granddaughter
December 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
It's never too late to get college diploma.
And 74-year-old Pat Ormond is living proof of this.
She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology 42 years after taking her first college class in 1978.
But the Ormond family had another graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) that same day: Ormond's 22-year-old granddaughter, Melody.
"I always knew that I was going to graduate from college," said Melody Ormond.
Pat, who turns 75 this month, took her first college class at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta.
And while she did take an occasional class at UTC, she says her family continued to encourage her to go back to finish her degree, especially after she retired.
They both enrolled at UTC with enough college credits to make graduating together a possibility.
For Pat and Melody, this also meant taking classes online during the pandemic.
"It's definitely more difficult, and I prefer in-class," Pat told CNN.
Before the pandemic, Pat and Melody didn't have any classes together.
Melody jokes that her grandmother preferred to take classes in the morning while she would often sleep in and take her's in the afternoon.
"One of her classes would end at the same time mine would," Melody said.
Pat and Melody graduated on November 20 as part of UTC's graduating 2020 class.
"We are so proud to have graduates like Melody Ormond and her grandmother, Pat Ormond, in the UTC class of 2020," Steven R.
Pat hopes that she can be an example to other nontraditional college students who want to get their degrees.
"Learning never stops," Pat said.