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79-Year-Old Black Woman From Alabama Graduates, Earns Bachelor’s Degree

Angerline Day

Nationwide — Angerline Day, a 79-year-old woman from Montgomery, Alabama, recently proudly graduated from college after four years of hard work. “I don’t give myself any expiration dates on anything,” Day told WITN.

Day, who retired from her job at JCPenney, decided that retirement didn’t mean the end of her learning journey. With a desire to continue learning and giving back to her community, Day embarked on her educational journey.

Day had always wanted to study psychology but couldn’t afford it after high school. She enrolled at Alabama State University but had to drop out due to financial constraints.

Now with the support of her sons, Day finally had the opportunity to fulfill her dream.

“He said ‘Well, mom, I’m not going to give you a Christmas present. I’m not going to give you a birthday present, so how about I send you back to school?'” Day recalled.

For the past four years, Day worked diligently to earn her degree, completing her studies from the comfort of her own bedroom. Despite encountering challenges with technology along the way, Day remained determined to succeed.

“I love to read. That’s not a problem, I’ll do the assignment but now, I’m supposed to put it in this computer. How in the hell am I going to do that?” Day said.

Though there were moments of doubt, Day refused to give up.

“The feeling of failure kicked in, and I must do this for myself. This is the last opportunity. I’m going to do this,” Day said.

Her perseverance paid off. Day proudly earned her diploma from Troy University. She hopes her story inspires others who feel their time has passed or who struggle to see a bright future.

“Life is there because I’m probably close to the end… and I have to grab it as much as I possibly can while I can,” Day said.