99-year-old woman graduates from college

It's true that with age comes wisdom, and perhaps that helped senior Doreetha Daniels recently graduate from college! At the age of 99, she earned her associate's degree from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, reported USA Today.

It's never too late to go back to school.
It's never too late to go back to school.

Becoming a student
Daniels—the now-college graduate—powered through her course load with poise and diligence. Studying social sciences, Daniels originally decided to pursue her degree "to better herself," explained the source. Despite medical set-backs and other obstacles that were thrown her way throughout her studies, she was able to keep up with her lessons and become an official college graduate.

While attaining a college education was for her own personal benefit, Daniels wasn't the only one who learned a thing or two from the experience. Her return to school inspired both professors and fellow students alike.

"Her desire to get out of bed each day and come to school and face the challenges in and outside of the classroom inspired us all," said COC counseling faculty member Liz Shaker. "She is truly an amazing woman who has impacted my life, and I feel so fortunate that I was able to experience her journey alongside her."

"Her return to school inspired professors."

It's never too late
Graduating college isn't an easy feat at any age, yet Daniels is a prime example of hard work paying off. However, as remarkable as she is, she's not the only senior who has pursued her dreams of furthering her education. In 2013, Next Avenue, an online resource for older adults, reported on another senior who embarked on a similar journey. At the age of 85, Willadene Zedan graduated from Marian University in Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree. To top it off, she was an exceptional student and earned academic honours—and if that's not extraordinary enough, she also received an offer of employment to accompany a doctor on his house call visits with seniors in need of medical assistance.

According to the source, Zedan pursued her degree to keep her mind sharp. She also felt that if she hadn't gone for it, she "would have kicked herself." She and Daniels serve as a source of inspiration for older adults who are also looking to embark on a new adventure during their retirement years and prove that, regardless of age, anything is possible.