We only live once, and it’s vital to make the most of every year, month, day, and second of that time, living life to the fullest, chasing our dreams, and doing things that make us happy.
Many people tend to feel that when they reach a certain age, it’s time to give up on some of their dreams and simply accept that they’re ‘too old’ to do certain things.
But these old folks are proving that age really is just a number and there’s nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it! And if one of the things you always dreamed of was going to college and getting a diploma or degree, take a look at these amazing elders for inspiration.
1) Time For A Change
This 69-year-old lady lost her husband and thought that it was time to make a change in her life. She had always wanted to go back to school, so decided to just go for it! She got a degree in Fine Arts and studied painting, ceramics, and woodworking during her program.
2) Simply Extraordinary
If you ever need a little inspiration in life, just think about this woman’s story. She was diagnosed as dyslexic, making it very hard to handle most traditional forms of education, and she became pregnant when she was just 16. She had to drop out of school to have her baby and raise her, but eventually, she went back and got a First Class Honours degree from college.
3) Like Mother Like Son
Here we can see a lovely photo of a mom and her boy on graduation day. The thing that makes this photo unique from all the other graduation photos out there is that the mom was graduating on the exact same day as her son!
4) What A Happy Face
This 73-year-old grandma was always frustrated that she never got to finish high school, so she decided to go back and get her diploma, once and for all.
5) You Can Always Go Back
Donald Doll joined the US Navy during the final years of World War II when he was just a young man, so he never actually finished high school. Here he is going back and getting his diploma at the age of 91!
6) Like Twins!
These pretty ladies almost look like twins, but it’s actually a mother and a daughter, both graduating together on the same day. The mom is 49 and decided to go along to nursing school with her daughter.
7) A Very Happy Mama
This mom decided to go back to college after raising her kids. She obtained a PhD in social work from Tulane. Nice job!
8) Never Too Late
Plenty of young people feel like it’s already too late for them to get degrees or graduate college, but this old guy did it all at 81!
9) So Proud Of Grandma
Usually, graduation ceremonies are filled with parents and grandparents feeling proud of their kids. This photo shows us the exact opposite! A young girl is handing her 62-year-old immigrant grandma some flowers after the impressive old lady got a degree in accounting and finance.
10) 65 But Feeling Like 25!
This proud lady is posing for a graduation photo. She’s 65 years old, but looks a lot younger and must surely feel that way as well after obtaining her college diploma.
11) A Family Effort
This lady blows our minds. She’s a mom of eight! And she still found time to look after all those kids, raise them right, and go back to school to get her diploma. She did it all alongside one of her sons. Wow, what an inspiration.
12) A New Record
This grandma actually set a whole new record as the oldest ever graduate of East Tennessee State University. She was 87 years old at the time.
13) Anyone Can Do It
As this young lady writes in her tweet, anyone can do it! If you have the motivation and drive to go back to college or high school, there’s nothing that can stop you going all the way.
14) Simply Amazing
The brave people who fought in World War II and any other conflict throughout history deserve our respect and admiration, and this WW2 vet went even further, getting his high school diploma in his early 90s.
15) All In It Together
Graduating college isn’t something you have to do alone. Sure, you might be the one who has to go to classes and pass the exams, but your family and friends can help along the way, just like the loving family in this photo.
16) A Very Special Day
This photo shows a very happy woman with her proud husband after she obtained a PhD, despite being much older than many of the other students in her class.
17) Time To Go Back
This man had already been to college when he was younger, but he always wanted to go back and get his Master’s. Eventually, he decided the time was right, and his son was there to watch the moment it all happened.
18) A Vietnam Vet
This man has done it all! He’s a Vietnam vet and he still managed to find time in later life to go back to college and get an Honours degree at the age of 72.
19) The Same Class!
Imagine being in the same class as a parent or child. It would certainly be a unique experience, but these two men got to live it. They’re father and son and they graduated together on the very same day.
20) What A Journey
Here’s another inspiring tale! This lady is thrilled to be graduating law school in the USA at the age of 55. She’d only been in the country a little over a decade, having fled her homeland of Venezuela to seek a better life.
21) He Made It
This man decided to set himself a challenge. He wanted to graduate college before he made it to 100 years old. He did it with over 30 years to spare!
22) All The Men Together
This old man graduated college at the age of 71 and the whole family was there to celebrate! His wife wanted to capture the moment with this special photo of ‘Her boys’.
23) You Earned It!
Once again, everyone was cheering with joy when this 92-year-old man graduated law school. What an incredible achievement! It just goes to show that age is only a number and you’re never too old to learn new things.
24) A Memorable Moment
Everyone in the audience stood up and cheered loudly when this inspiring old lady walked across the stage to collect her diploma. She’s an inspiration to all of us.
25) So Many Achievements
Life has been a real rollercoaster for this man. He got married in his early 20s, became an American citizen at the age of 31, became a dad to five beautiful kids, watched them grow up, became a grandpa, and then earned a college education too.
26) The Odd One Out?
Some people might look at this photo and think that the 92-year-old lady on the right stands out from the other young women and men, but to them, she was just another classmate! They all studied hard together to graduate as a group.
27) Well Done!
This grandma managed to get a PhD at the age of 77! She was her university’s oldest ever graduate and she deserves all the applause and cheers she received on that special day.
28) Such An Inspiration
Wow. This couple were both forced into internment camps back during World War II, so never got to finish high school. More than seven decades later, when the war was long over, they went back to school and finally got to graduate.
29) So Much Emotion
Meet Margaret Bekema. At the age of 97, she finally got the high school diploma she always wanted! You see, back in the 1930s, when she was originally at high school, Margaret’s mom got sick with cancer, so she decided to drop out and care for the family instead of pursuing her education.
30) Such A Bright Smile
You can really see what it means to this 98-year-old man to get his high school dipoma. He had to drop out of high school early to be drafted during World War II, but he was determined to go back and get it someday.
31) What A Hero
Like several other men on this list, this elderly graduate had to leave high school early due to the outbreak of World War II. He bravely flew across the world to serve his country before heading home. Years later, he went back to high school to finish what he started.
32) Addicted To Education?
This extraordinary lady named Annie Dillard already got her first degree in the 1960s, but that wasn’t enough! She went back to college at the age of 92 to get a second degree.
33) One Of The Oldest Ever
Amy Craton will go down in the history books as one of the oldest graduates of all time! She got a degree at the age of 94 but wasn’t done there. She decided to carry on studying to get her Master’s too.
34) A Beautiful Photo
No challenge is too great for this proud dad as he stands in front of a shimmering lake after earning a Master’s in education.
35) All Together Now
Several members of this big family had already been to college and gotten their degrees, and it seems like grandpa was feeling a little left out so decided to go and get one for himself as well.
36) The 95-Year-Old Graduate
Joe Perricone was in high school during one of the most troubling periods of global histroy: World War II. He had to leave school early to go and fight for his country, saving lives and making a difference in ending the bloodiest conflict we’ve ever seen. At 95, he went back to high school and got the diploma he always wanted.
37) A True Artist
This inspiring man was 63 when he got his fine arts and liberal arts degree. He’d always wanted to pursue artistic education, but had to drop out of school early on in his youth in order to look after his family.
The words “It’s Never Too Late” were shining brightly as Imam, who was in her 60s at the time, graduated with a Master’s in social work from George Mason University.
39) A Lot Of Hard Work
Jarita Hall is no stranger to hard work. She raised five kids and a grandchild all by herself! Then, as if that wasn’t enough, she went to law school in her 60s and graduated at the age of 64.
40) Way To Go, Grandma
This elderly is a mom, a grandmother, and a college graduate. At the age of 72, she finally got the college degree she’d worked so hard for.