87-year-old working toward college degree since the 1950s crosses graduation stage with granddaughter

Rene Neira has been working on his college degree since the 1950s. Work and family took priority, so Neira enrolled in classes on and off. This year, his decades of hard work paid off.

“In the 50s, he started school, then soon fell in love and started a family,” Neira’s granddaughter Melanie Salazar told The Uplift. “Then he went back in the 80s, the 90s, the early 2000s, and then it just so happened that he went back to school again at the same time that I was starting.”

In 2016, when Neira was 82 years old, he enrolled at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas — the same school where his granddaughter was starting as a freshman.

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