Twyanna Williams, a 65-year old grandmother from Philadelphia, has finally graduated from high school after putting her education off for several years due to financial reasons. What’s more, is she was honored as the class valedictorian!
“I felt sad for myself for coming out of school and seeing my friends graduating but I was working,” Williams told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “My focus was on surviving.”
She had to work at local fast-food restaurants, hospitals, and hotels. But she didn’t forget her dream of going back to school to earn a high school diploma, especially whenever she had to attend the graduation ceremonies of her 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
“Everyone deserves a high school diploma,” she said. “The older I got, the more I wanted it.”
Most recently, she finished the program and became one of the two valedictorians in her category B class of returning students ages 40 and over at South Philadelphia High School.