90-year-old graduates from college while battling cancer

Woman gets college degree at 90 years old
Published: May. 16, 2016 at 7:17 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2016 at 7:57 PM EDT
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MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Lois Ewart never imagined when she dropped out of college during World War II that she'd ever go back.

"I had to quit and help my mother financially," Ewart said.

Now, at 90 years old, the Mooresville resident is a proud graduate of Samford College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ewart traveled to Birmingham over the weekend with her daughter to accept the diploma on-stage with hundreds of other graduates.

"They treated me better than the Queen of England. They kept acting like it was so strange that I would be doing this at 90 years old," Ewart said.

Ewart has had her share of struggles in the last few years. She's battled and beaten breast cancer. Now, she's in the middle of a fight with uterine cancer.

"They've told me that they've done all they can do for me, but I'm at acceptable levels now," Ewart said of her recent status with the disease.

But none of those things stopped her from achieving the status of college graduate more than 70 years after she dropped out.

A year ago, her daughter found out her mother was just a few credits shy of earning a diploma. Ewart earned the rest of her credits online and went to Birmingham Saturday to get her degree.

"The whole experience was unreal. I felt like I was in a dream," Ewart said.

Now, Ewart is left to answer the question of what she'll do with her degree, and her answer will leave you in stitches.

"I thought maybe I would look around and see if maybe a CEO position would come across," she said with a chuckle. "I'm open for that."

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