Eighty five year old graduates from Samford University this weekend


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — 85-year-old Lottie Jacks is getting ready to graduate from Samford University on May 14. She says getting her degree was always something she had planned on doing but never had a chance to accomplish until now.

“I’m going to do the best I can. That’s what i’m going to do,” said Jacks.

The soon-to-be graduate spent her Wednesday highlighting and going over notes for her last two exams on Thursday. She says this was the first time in her life she felt like she could accomplish school. Jacks got married, had children and was unable to finish up at Howard College where she started pursuing her degree many years ago. Jacks now goes to church with the Dean of Samford University. That’s where the conversation about her going back to school began.

“I said, I’m thinking about going back to school, to Samford to get my degree, I have just like one semester and he said you should do it, I’ll arrange it. Well, he moved fast!” said Jacks.

Jacks, being the brave and inspiring woman she is, says the journey didn’t come without some challenges.

“I’ll tell you one thing about my age though, the limitations are that you can’t remember all the details. That was the hardest part”she said.

Jacks was a medical technician for 35 years. She says she doesn’t have any plans to get back into the workforce. For her, this is just about finishing something she started many years ago.

“My daughter is having a big party for me afterwards. All of my professors are going to come to the party. I’ve got my gown and I’m going to walk!” sid Jacks.

To make this story even sweeter, Jacks will be walking with her granddaughter on Saturday, who will also be graduating with her Masters.

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