Doreetha Daniels lived through a lot. At 99 years old, she’s seen the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, the moon landing and the rise of the Digital Age.
But on Friday, she made history at one college in California.
Daniels graduated from College of the Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita, Calif., with an associate degree in social sciences.
She is the oldest graduate in the university’s history.
“Doreetha is a living testament to the saying ‘if there is a will, there is a way,'” COC counseling faculty member Liz Shaker said in the press release. “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. 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.”
In a statement to KTLA 5, Daniels advised prospective students: “Don’t give up. Do it. Don’t let anybody discourage you. Say that, ‘I’m going to do it,’ and do it for yourself.”