It’s never too late to go back to school, and Hazel Soares of San Leandro, California has proven this to the world. At age 94, Soares received her Bachelor’s degree in art history from Mills College this past weekend. Ms. Soares, who has six children and 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is the oldest person in the 138-year history of Mills College to earn an undergraduate degree. “Beyond raising my children, I am most proud of the fact that I finally finished school and got my degree,” Ms. Soares told The Oakland Tribune. “There was part of me all my life that wanted to go to college.” She graduated in 1931 from what was Roosevelt High School in Oakland.
Soars is also believed to be the second-oldest person in history to earn an undergraduate degree. In 2007, 95-year-old Nola Ochs graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a general studies degree. Even though Soares won’t make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, she is still getting a lot of much deserved attention. Congrats Hazel!
Source: Oakland Tribune, “San Leandro woman’s dream of college degree finally coming true” by Kristen Bender.