92-Year-Old Graduates College, And Plans To Go Back For Another Degree

"My advice is you can make it if you try, but you have to start somewhere."

In her late '80s, Annie Dillard decided to go back to school. Now, at 92-years-old, Dillard's graduating from Midlands Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts.

"They told me to get here at 5:30, but they told me to be here on time, so I got here at 4 o'clock," Dillard told WLTX 19 this week. "It feels wonderful."

According to ABC 13, Dillard is a mother, a widow, and the owner of her own hair salon. She also has a bachelor's degree, but 5 years ago, she "started searching for something more." So she went to Midlands Tech.

"My advice is you can make it if you try, but you have to start somewhere," Dillard told the news outlet. In a video from her graduation, Dillard wears her cap and gown with a smile. 

Moreover, Dillard is clearly an inspiration for others.

"I've known Mrs. Dillard for a number of years, almost since she's started at the college and I've been really, really pleased with her progress," Ronald Rhames, president of Midlands Technical College, told WLTX. "She would be on campus always smiling, always willing to talk with people ... If I'm a 15, 16, 17, 18, 19-year-old student at our college and see a lady as mature as Mrs. Dillard, then I have to be encouraged to see what's gonna happen with me."

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As for her future plans? Dillard said she's going to start school again and aims to earn a degree in early childhood education. She also acknowledged that she won't be getting any rest. 

"Only the strong survive," she said

Dillard isn't the first to prove age does not limit us from achieving our goals. In 2017, Lyn Slater, a 63-year-old professor and social worker, became an accidental style icon, and Nicola Griffin started modeling at 53. Hidekichi Miyazaki is a 105-year-old track star, and Ernestine Shepherd earned the official title of World's Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder at 80 years old. 

We love hearing inspiring stories like these, and we wish Dillard all the best in her future endeavors. 

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