Hazel Soares, 94, Prepares To Graduate Mills College
Hazel Soares takes lifelong learning to a new level. The 94-year-old California woman, who has worked as a homemaker, a nurse and an event organizer, will graduate Mills College this year with a degree in art history. She will become the second-oldest college graduate in America, after Nola Ochs, who finished For Hays State University at the age of 95.
The San Francisco Chronicle has more on Soares's amazing journey:
And what could also be a record of sorts, Soares paid for her education at Mills with benefits provided by her late husband Ellsworth Soares' GI benefits - from World War II.
But setting records isn't what motivated Soares to renew her lifelong quest for education when she enrolled at Chabot Community College in the mid-1980s.
"I've always had a basic curiosity about how to do things, whether it's a (cooking) recipe or identifying pieces of art in historical context," she said.
Post-graduation, Soares, who has 40 grandchildren, hopes to be a docent at a museum and resume her daily swimming practice.