67-Year-Old Black Woman Makes History, Finally Earns High School Diploma

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Renee Carroll, a 67-year-old Black woman from Washington, DC, is overjoyed to have completed high school. She graduated from Goodwill Excel Center, a tuition-free adult charter high school, as the oldest student in her class.

 

“I graduated with my high school diploma at 67 years old,” Carroll told WTOP. “I just raised the roof on where I’m going.”

 

The Goodwill Excel Center in Washington, DC, provides adult learners who did not graduate from high school with high school diplomas rather than GEDs. Carroll participated in the school’s program, which consists of five 8-week terms.

 

Carroll, the oldest student in her graduating class, said she maintained her motivation at school because of the people around her.

 

“It was very difficult to return to school after about 40 years,” she said. “The younger generation rallied around me and saw me through.”

 

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