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79-year-old woman graduating college

May 10, 2010 at 7:54 PM

WARWICK, R.I., May 10 (UPI) -- A 79-year-old Rhode Island woman says she is only days away from achieving her dream of obtaining a degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Teresa Mahony of Warwick, a mother of 12 and grandmother of 34, said she is scheduled to graduate May 23, only two weeks before her 80th birthday, the Providence Journal reported Monday.

"I really believe that there's a time for everything," Mahony said. "God has his plans, but you've got to make things happen too. You've got to keep your eyes open and watch for opportunities."

Mahoney said she enrolled at the university's Feinstein College of Continuing Education in 2000 with a major in history.

She said her whole family is coming out to see her receive a bachelor's degree.

"All the children (ages 40 to 56) and their children will be there -- we're going to have a blast," she said. "I always wanted to go to college. I knew it would happen sometime."

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