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College Graduation is Family Affair for Tallahassee Grandmother & Granddaughter

College Graduation is Family Affair for Tallahassee Grandmother & Granddaughter
Posted at 10:25 AM, May 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-03 07:35:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- College graduation is an exciting time that many people look forward too. However, for 62-year-old Cathy Williams, Saturday was extra special because she got to share her graduation day with her granddaughter.

Williams is a stand out among Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University's 2015 graduates, but not just because of her age. “There is no age limit on pursuing a degree and pursuing your dreams,” said Williams.

After working for the State of Florida for many years, Washington decided it was time for her to pursue her college dream. She enrolled in Tallahassee Community College while still working a full-time job, and graduated in 2012 with her associate degree.

Saturday, Washington walked the stage and received a degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice from FAMU.

But that was not the only thing that made the day special for Williams.  She also got to share the stage with her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington.

“She motivates me by her drive for success,” said Washington, who received a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Washington, who was greatly motivated by her grandmother's passion, said that she plans to continue her education at Howard University’s College of Medicine. “I want to come back home to Tallahassee and open a pediatric facility that will provide services for the underprivileged and do research on autism,” said Washington