Non-traditional WKU student earns degree, inspires

Published: May. 14, 2016 at 6:32 PM CDT
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Graduation is a day college students dream of for about four years.

For Pearl Taylor, that degree just happened to take a little longer.

"Well it's a little bit more than 20 years. About 22, 23 years."

A non-traditional student, something she takes pride in.

"I'm 80 years old."

You're only as old as you feel, right? If that's the case, Taylor, who is full of life, must only be a 20-something.

"I took Spanish! Oh my goodness!"

She told WBKO her education was put on hold when she married out of high school.

"You can call me grandma," smiled Taylor.

And she happily is.

A proud mom of four, grandma of 15, and great-grandma of 12, with one more on the way.

Reflecting on her life up until this point, she doesn't really regret taking the path less traveled by.

But she also doesn't recommend it.

"Don't wait like I did, honey, it's a long struggle. And please, all of you go to college and get your college education."

Her degree is in interdisciplinary studies, meaning she never really decided on an exact major.

That didn't mean she was any less proud of her diploma.

"I wanted to show everybody that hey, it makes no difference how old you are. It's the determination you've got in your heart."

A warm welcome from the WKU alumni family.

"I finally made it, and I did it, and I'm happy!"