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Grandma Of 12 Graduates From Norfolk State University

A 57-year-old grandmother of 12 has finally achieved a lifelong goal. The grandma earned a Bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University after quitting a part-time job at Kroger and facing academic probation reports Pilot Online.

“It was a rough four years,” Pitts said. “But I still hung in there.”

In December 2011, The Pilot wrote about Pitts earning an associate degree from Tidewater Community College. That journey began in 2007, as Pitts overcame low self-esteem and abusive relationships to pursue a college education.

The newspaper reported that Pitts planned to go further and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The proud grandma says she hopes to be a lifelong student:

Pitts, who hopes to become a special education teacher at Granby, said she’s discovered one down side to reaching the finish line: Without homework, she doesn’t know what to do with herself. She said she looks up her old class notes.

“I love being in a classroom,” she said. “I love being a student.”


Congratulatory messages flooded the Facebook post:


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