Texarkana grandmother Lena Hall will become the oldest student to graduate from Texas A&M in Texarkana on May 18.
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -
A Texarkana grandmother is about to become the oldest person to graduate from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
80-year-old Lena Hall finished high school in 1951 and went on to enroll in college, but she quit to raise a family. Nearly 60 years later, she decided to go back.
"Basically, I just want to do it," she says. "My grandchildren, who are grown and have finished college, thought it was great idea and said, "Go for it, Granny!"
The Texarkana native says she's enjoyed her return to higher ed, "I love it! I am real good with people and I influence them to work harder." Fellow student and study partner, 32-year-old Nathan Johannesson says she's led by example. "Working with her is awesome. She is just a workhorse. She gets out there and puts everything together."
Hall has had to overcome a few challenges to make the grade. "The hardest part is navigating a computer!" laughs Hall.
But Texas A&M professor Suzanne Buehler says she's done it all with no special treatment, "No accommodations. We want her degree to mean something to her, and to be fair to the other students. She holds her own in everything and does excellent work without any accommodations."