90-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Set To Graduate From College


In the 1950s, Joyce Defauw left college. However, decades following that, she will now be walking across the stage, graduating from Northern Illinois University.

The 90-year-old great-grandmother went to college for three years prior to this time. But, she had to quit when she started her family.

“In the meantime, I met this gentleman who stole my heart and eye. We decided to get married. We had three children, and then he passed away. I was a widow for five years,” Defauw said.

After she wed again, Defauw had six more children, and she is currently the grandmother of 17.

Compared to her last experience, going back to school was quite different, including the incorporation of technology. Her adult children assisted her with her courses with a computer.

“I did not have one. I never knew how to use one. They got me one. That’s how I went to class.”

“Don’t give up, even if you do quit, go back. Just hang in there. Keep learning, keep giving thanks. It’s there for you, just go for it,” Defauw added.


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