After 50 years, this 94-year-old great-grandmother graduated with a perfect GPA

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How old are you to think that learning is no more your cup of tea? If you have slightest of doubt in your capabilities, Amy Craton will tell you it’s never too late to do anything!! Amy Craton is a great-grandmother, who has graduated from the Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing and English at the age of 94, and that too with a perfect grade point average of 4.0.

After her divorce, Craton had to put her education on hold in 1962 to return to work and raise her four children. So, she finished it now what she had started more than five decades ago.

It feels good to graduate to finish that part of my life, but I feel that I’m still on the road, I have much more to learn, said Amy.

Amy could not make it to the graduation ceremony. So, to mark the achievement a half-century in the making, SNHU president Paul LeBlanc flew from the Manchester school to Honolulu, where Craton lives, to personally award her diploma at a surprise graduation party.

Craton grew up in Malden, Massachusetts, north of Boston, and spent her summers in New Hampshire. That’s why, she chose SNHU because it reminded her of her childhood growing up in the region. As an adult, she made her way to California, where she raised her children in Mountain View and nearby cities.

‘I’m trying to live my life to the fullest’, and which is why she’s already enrolled in a master’s degree program and studying daily assignments once again.


Amy Craton is a 94 year old recent graduate of university in New Hampshire


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