Meet Ella Washington, an
89-year-old woman who is also a new college graduate, and she isn’t stopping right
there – she’s already working towards a bachelor’s degree according to report
by USA Today.
According to the College, Ella
Washington, who graduated Saturday with an associate degree in
interdisciplinary studies, is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history at
Liberty University in Virginia.
Washington enrolled in
Liberty’s online program in 2012, following a suggestion from one of her 12
has always been a lifelong learner,” Washington’s daughter, Ellen
Mitchell, said in a statement. “Her
desire for learning and for pursuing an education became a family tradition.
She taught all of her children how to read, write, and do math prior to their
beginning school, just as her grandmother taught her and her siblings.”
As for her drive to learn more
about history, Washington said “everybody
should know their history and learn more about it … There’s nothing wrong with
During her 89 years on earth,
Washington has worked a variety of jobs to support her children, ranging from a
custodian at the Pentagon to an office assistant to a certified nursing
assistant at an adult daycare. She only stopped working about six years ago,
according to a press release.
to D.C., there weren’t many opportunities for a poorly educated black woman,” Mitchell
said. “But she worked hard doing
whatever she could to make sure we were taken care of.”
The oldest graduate in
Liberty’s Class of 2018 had this to say about her drive to learn:
will help you make the best life for yourselves and those who come after
Congratulations to her and
success to her as she goes further…