Jan   2017



94-Year-Old Graduates from SNHU With Perfect GPA

Assistant Editor, Carnegie Communications

A 94-year-old great-grandmother recently earned her bachelor’s degree, making her one of the oldest college graduates in the world.

It’s never too late to earn your college degree—and 94-year-old Amy Craton is living proof.

Craton recently received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Originally from Malden, Massachusetts, and now living in Hawaii, Craton took classes online and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Craton first attended college in 1962 but dropped out to work and support her children. She finally completed her undergraduate studies last November after starting online classes in 2014. At 94 years old, Craton was SNHU’s oldest active student and is now their oldest graduate.

"It feels good to graduate, but in many ways I feel I am still on the road,” Craton told SNHU. “I have more to learn." So she isn’t stopping there; she now plans to pursue online graduate course work through SNHU and hopes to write a children’s book after earning her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English.

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Unfortunately Craton is unable to travel to New Hampshire to attend her commencement ceremony this May. So in addition to her degree, she received a special graduation party held in Honolulu on January 16, where SNHU President Paul LeBlanc, along with Craton’s professors and advisors, hand delivered her diploma.

"Amy is the epitome of a lifelong learner,” said LeBlanc, “and my hope is that her story will remind others that it's never too late to follow their dreams or learn something new.”

The mother of four, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother of 12 has some simple advice for others thinking about going back to school: “Do it,” she said. “You'll open up a whole new life."

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