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(CNN)It's never too late to get a college diploma.
And 74-year-old Pat Ormond is living proof of this. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology 42 years after taking her first college class in 1978.
But the Ormond family had another graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) that same day: Ormond's 22-year-old granddaughter, Melody.
"I always knew that I was going to graduate from college," said Melody Ormond. "I just never knew that my nana was also going to be there."
Pat, who turns 75 this month, took her first college class at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. After one semester, she dropped out to move to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
She spent the next several decades working as an accountant and raising a family, including Melody's father. And while she did take an occasional class at UTC, she says her family continued to encourage her to go back to finish her degree, especially after she retired.