An 88-year-old grandpa captivates the heart of thousands as he graduates together with his 23-year-old granddaughter.
Dream Of Grandpa To Finish A Degree
In an interview with GMA, Melanie Salazar detailed the story behind her grandfather, Rene Neira, finishing a degree at an advanced age. According to her, it was always her grandpa’s dream to graduate college. Hence, since the 1950s, he has been in and out of school. However, when he fell in love and got married, he could barely finish his studies. So, he decided to quit school to focus on raising his family.
Then finally, in 2017, Rene and his granddaughter enrolled together at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
“There were times when we would get lunch together,” Melanie recounted. “Be in the library together, and just work silently side-by-side.”
And four years later, the grandfather-granddaughter duo finally graduated. With Melanie pushing her grandpa’s wheelchair, they went up the stage. The 23-year-old graduated with a degree in Communications while Rene finished with a degree of recognition in Economics.
“I wanted to cry out of happiness, that I was able to have that memory,” Melanie said as everyone broke into applause and cheered for them. “And really because I’m so really proud of my grandpa knowing and seeing how hard he has to work.”
Since then, their inspiring story has been making headlines. People who were blessed by their story said nothing but good words for the duo.
“Awww…I love stories like these. This was such a beautiful moment. Congrats to the both of them. Grandpa definitely demonstrated that one shouldn’t give up on their dreams no matter how long it takes,” one netizen wrote.
Another who did not go to school was inspired to enroll again. The user wrote, “I’m motivated to go back to school myself, thanks for this.”
Indeed, God has given Rene the strength, wisdom, and grace to finish his degree despite his old age. Praise God for his success!