Margaret Hall, a 47-year-old mother from Tempe, Arizona, who previously spent time in prison, has graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree from Arizona State University. It is the third degree that she has earned within just 5 years since being released.
Nearly 6 years ago, Margaret was convicted of a class C felony and was sentenced to 6 months in prison. After serving her sentence, Hall decided to turn her life around, especially for her 6 children.
She wanted to go back to school but she said it was not easy at first because she had to deal with the stigma of being an ex-felon as well as her own self-doubt. Determined to change her life, she enrolled at Glendale Community College before transferring to ASU.
Since then, she studied hard without breaks. She even earned scholarships including a grant from the Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards scholarships and grants to women age 35 and older pursuing a college education.
Most recently, Margaret earned her 3rd degree, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, and prelaw from ASU.
Moving forward, she plans to start a grant writing business for non-profit organizations with the goal to help others achieve.
“It’s not where you start, but it’s where you end up,” Hall said.