A duet Grandpa-Granddaughter from San Antonio, Texas, who went viral in 2016 for being a student at the same college, is back in the news following his graduation from the same school.
Melanie Salazar received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, while her grandpa, Rene Neira, received a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Rene Neira, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the ripe old age of 87, proves that there is no age limit to learning. What’s more encouraging is that he was accompanied in the graduating ceremony by his granddaughter Melanie Salazar. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Even though Neira, who is terminally sick, was in a wheelchair during the ceremony, he happily participated.
The graduation of a grandfather and granddaughter has gone popular on social media.
The UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts shared this amazing moment on Facebook and Twitter. Netizens have praised their narrative, with congratulatory comments coming in from all around the world.
Diego Bernal, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Rolando Gómez, a screenwriter and photojournalist, and Senator José Menéndez are among others who have shared the message.
Neira attended St. Mary’s University in the 1950s but dropped out after getting married, according to his granddaughter. He chose to finish his schooling when his wife died. Finally, in 2016, he enrolled in UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts with his granddaughter. He returned to college at the age of 82.
Many instances have emerged throughout the years of people realizing their desire of finishing their degree at a later age. A 94-year-old man from the United States graduated from college in 2015, while retired professor M K Prem was enrolled in numerous courses at Rajasthan University. These examples demonstrate that some people’s hunger for knowledge is insatiable.