July 28, 2010
It is never too late to get a bachelor's degree, although Hazel Soares, 94 years old. San Leandro woman this is one of the 500 students who received his bachelor degree at Mills College, a college art of Oakland for women.
"It took a while to get it because I'm awfully busy," said Soares. "Finally I got it, and it made me feel really good."
Born in Richmond, California, in 1915, Soares said he wanted to go to college after graduating from Roosevelt High School in Oakland in 1932.
"Without your assistance, could not go to college," said Soares. "Nevertheless, I never lost my passion for college."
Soares was married twice endowed with six children, and worked as a nurse, as well as the event organizer, before she retired and decided to return to continue her education to achieve her dream college.
She spent six years following the skinny on the Chabot College in Hayward, before pursuing her associate's degree at the age of 85 years. Later she enrolled at Mills College in 2007.
"We were really amazed and very proud of our mom," said Regina Hungerford, Soares youngest child. "The biggest lesson for us is that there is no word old to learn."
At the graduation ceremony, she gets a congratulations from the Chairman of the House Nancy Pelosui as well as a keynote speaker. She also was greeted by cheering classmates, and 40 families who were present. "She's really an incredible inspiration," said Sandeep Brar, who also graduated.
After obtaining a degree, Soares plans to continue working. Armed with knowledge of art history, she hoped to work as a tour guide at the museum, the San Fransiso Bay.
Soares, who has six children, 40 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren are believed to be the world's oldest person to graduate from college.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nola Ochs graduated from Kansas is the oldest as she graduated from the University Hays State three years ago at the age of 95 years. Ochs, now 98 years old, earned a Master's degree in liberal studies from the University of Fort Hays.