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80-year-old man finally earns a bachelor’s degree at the UN


Madeline Adams waited about six decades to make it to graduation. The 80-year-old started out at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when the mascot was still the Indians in 1960. “Well, life happened. (I was) pregnant, married, second child, third child, divorced, left state,” Adams said. She would move to Missouri and work in real estate for 15 years before ending up in Honolulu. Then she moved to Arizona before settling down with her daughter, Robin Wright. “My daughter who lives in Texas, she’s here today, she begged me to come visit her,” Adams said. By moving his mother in, Wright achieved something. “I noticed she had 40 UN credits and I said, ‘Mom, why don’t you just finish,'” Wright said. Adams enrolled and took classes online. She thanks her daughter for pushing her across the finish line. “She’s the wind under my wings, she really is, and she’s my greatest cheerleader,” Adams said. Even if Wright would tell you that his mother flies on her own. “She was always joking, ‘We were the smartest,’ but I was like, ‘Mom, you made us, you taught us,'” Wright said. Wright calls her an inspiration. “I didn’t realize it was all that they were 19 when they were one and 22 when the three of us were and she really gave up to work for us,” Wright said. Adams said she is finally putting a period to her career in education. “I always told my kids, ‘Don’t start anything you can’t finish,’ so I had to be the example,” Adams said. Adams plans to graduate and use it for her volunteer work as a CASA.

Madeline Adams waited about six decades to make it to graduation.

The 80-year-old got his start at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when the mascot was still the Indians in 1960.

“Well, life happened. (I was) pregnant, married, second child, third child, divorced, out of state,” Adams said.

She would move to Missouri and work in real estate for 15 years before ending up in Honolulu.

Then she moved to Arizona before settling down with her daughter, Robin Wright.

“My daughter who lives in Texas, she’s here today, she begged me to come visit her,” Adams said.

By moving his mother in, Wright achieved something.

“I noticed she had 40 UN credits and I said, ‘Mom, why don’t you just finish,'” Wright said.

Adams enrolled and took classes online. She thanks her daughter for pushing her across the finish line.

“She’s the wind under my wings, she really is, and she’s my greatest cheerleader,” Adams said.

Even if Wright would tell you that his mother flies on her own.

“She was always joking, ‘We were the smartest,’ but I was like, ‘Mom, you made us, you taught us,'” Wright said.

Wright calls her an inspiration.

“I didn’t realize it was all that they were 19 when they were one and 22 when the three of us were and she really gave up to work for us,” Wright said.

Adams said she is finally putting a period to her career in education.

“I always told my kids, ‘Don’t start anything you can’t finish,’ so I had to be the example,” Adams said.

Adams plans to graduate and use it for her volunteer work as a CASA.

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