Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

82-Year-Old To Get Ph.D. in NMSU Ceremony.(Final)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

* She wrote her dissertation on grandparents raising grandchildren

LAS CRUCES At 82 years of age, New Mexico State University doctoral candidate Lillian Brown proves the adage that education is a lifelong procss.

Brown will be one of 1,830 students at NMSU's main campus receiving degrees today, the university's largest commencement ever.

"I've never thought of myself as extraordinary. When I'm ready to tackle something, I do. I don't think about my age first," said Brown, who recently defended her dissertation on the subject of grandparents raising their grandchildren.

NMSU's commencement exercises will be split into two programs at the Pan American Center today. …

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