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This Grad's Will Found a Way

Posted May 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— She is decades older than her fellow graduates, but that undoubtedly made Evelyn Pope's achievement even sweeter at Saturday's Shaw University graduation.

Pope's life had been busy and productive. She raised her children and helped raise grandchildren, and then decided it was time for herself. At 62 she earned her GED.

The next move was into a college classroom. And that led to her bachelor's degree, which was awarded Saturday.

Pope, now 66, says she hopes she is an inspiration to others, especially to grandchildren who are working for degrees themselves.

Her proud family has also been put on alert: Evelyn Pope's next goal is a master's in divinity. She has been accepted in Shaw's graduate school, so there is undoubtedly at least one more graduation for the family to celebrate.

And could there be a PhD in her future?