A 92-year old South Carolina woman who received her fourth college degree last week hopes she is an inspiration to others.
Annie Dillard earned her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts on May 9 at Midlands Technical College. She earned her first degree in 1960, according to ABC 13.
Dillard owns a hair salon but decided to go back to school because she wanted to accomplish other things.
“I’ve known Mrs. Dillard for a number of years, almost since she’s started at the college and I’ve been really, really pleased with her progress,” said Ronald Rhames, the president of Midlands Technical College. “She would be on campus always smiling, always willing to talk with people.”
Her goal to inspire others seems to already be paying off.
“[The youngsters] say they have great inspiration, and they say they’re gonna tell mom and get mom to start school,” said Dillard to CBS’s WLTX 19.
Dillard said she is going to back to school to get a degree in childhood education.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.