78-year-old graduates from CFCC despite losing home in Florence

78-year-old graduates from CFCC despite losing home in Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Louise Boney, 78, graduated from Cape Fear Community College today with a 4.0 GPA and an inspiring story to tell.

Among 1,200 other graduates from CFCC, Louise received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. However, the road to success has not been a smooth one for Louise.

The home that Louise and her husband shared and everything in it was among many that fell victim to the damage of Hurricane Florence. Louise explains that “I had the rest of the classes to do and I lost the computer, I lost my textbooks, we lost my notes, we lost everything, so I wasn’t sure I could do it and my husband said yes, you need to do it.”

Moving in with her daughter after losing their home, the support of her family, including her two daughters and 11 grandchildren, motivated her to keep pursuing a degree. In return, Louise has inspired her daughter, Rebecca, to take her first steps in finishing her degree at UNC Wilmington.

The journey that led Louise to this day started off small. She explains that “I decided I was going to go to school and take a class so that I can keep my brain active. After I started, I thought why don’t I go for the degree that I wanted to get? And so I have worked towards it, its taken me a while but I finally made it.”

Now that Louise has received her degree, she is looking forward to what the future will bring. Her plan is “to teach till im 94, I don’t want to retire!"

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