Headlines Today Breaking News: 80-Year-Old Beatrice Lillie Fulfils Lifelong Dream Of A College Degree

Current News Headlines: 80-Year-Old Beatrice Lillie Fulfils Lifelong Dream Of A College Degree

An 80-year-old woman identified as Beatrice Lillie, who was a secretary in Harris County’s Probation Department, has fulfilled her lifelong dream of getting a college degree. The woman who also reportedly owned an answering service, before there was voicemail and cell phones, has bagged an associate’s degree to add to her resume alongside being a cosmetologist. She received her diploma at Houston Community College’s graduation ceremony earlier this month. Beatrice whose degree is in business administration, said:

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Beatrice Lillie Houston Community College

“I did it to set an example for my children and grandchildren.”

“If grandma can do it, I can do it.”

She added, “I also learned about diversity and an appreciation for art.”

“There were young ladies who looked at me and said they could do it if I could do it.”

“It’s important for people to keep going and engaging their minds, instead of just sitting back.”

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Beatrice completed the degree in four years while her grandchildren are enrolled in colleges now. It was a friend who encouraged her to go back to school. Merline Williams said:

“I have three associate degrees.”

“I went back because my grandchildren were getting ahead of me. They knew about computers. I had to have my granddaughter fill out my college application.”

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Meanwhile, Beatrice plans to continue volunteering at the center, and involvement with her church, but she doesn’t plan to pursue a new career.

“Should I say this?” she asked. “The truth is my back and legs hurt.”

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