Never too old to learn


Janet Fein has accomplished an awful lot during her 84 years on this planet, including raising five kids and working in various secretarial jobs. She retired at age 77 as a secretary at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, but her mission wasn’t yet complete. Something was missing.

Fein decided to go back to school and get the college degree she’s always wanted.

She just graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in sociology after taking advantage of a state program that allows people 65 and older to take up to six credit hours for free at public universities in Texas.

The Dallas Morning News reported that at Fein’s graduation she had rows of family members cheering her on from the bleachers. Her sister, Claire Mark, wiped a tear from her eyes as Fein was wheeled across the stage, shaking hands with school officials.

UTD President Richard C. Benson brought Fein a bouquet of flowers before the ceremony.

“You are the most remarkable graduate I’ve ever known,” he told her.

Fein got around campus using a walker and an oxygen tank. After her knees gave out, she had to finish her last courses online. But finish she did. Time for a master’s?


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