Terminally Ill Grandpa, 87, Receives Diploma Alongside Granddaughter at Same University

Terminally Ill Grandpa, 87, Receives Diploma Alongside Granddaughter at Same University

  • A San Antonio grandfather and granddaughter identified as Rene Neira and Melanie Salazar respectively went viral in 2016 for being classmates at the same college
  • The duo is making headlines again after graduating from the same university five years after trending
  • Salazar earned her BA degree in Communications, while Neira received his BA Economics diploma at UTSA University

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Age is just a number, particularly for those with high ambitions. The same is true for 87-old year Rene Neira who earned his bachelor's degree on Saturday, December 11.

Elderly Grandpa, 87, receives diploma alongside grandaughter, 23.
Melanie Salazar and Rene Neira on their graduation day at UTSA. | Photo: UTSA.
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Surprisingly, 23-year-old Melanie Salazar also collected her degree on the same day.

But Neira and Salazar have a lot more in common than graduating on the same day from the same institution.

Their remarkable story of completing education together proves that it's never too late to pursue one's goals.

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Proud moments for Grandpa-granddaughter

On Saturday, December 11, 2021, Salazar wheeled her terminally ill grandfather, Neira, through the graduation ceremony at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

The lovely duo was showered with love, praise, and affection from the faculty and students.

UTSA also publicized the commencement ceremony, posting two adorable pictures of Neira and Salazar graduating side by side.

Even better was when the acclaimed institution called the duo "family goals."

Both looked vibrant and happy in their graduation gowns and caps.

Mom and son graduating at same time

As previously reported by YEN.com.gh, a 23-year-old boy and his mom celebrated after they both graduated with university degrees on the same day.

The two, Vidal Briggs and her 23-year-old son Kaveed Brown were recently awarded degrees at The University of the West Indies.

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"I just still can't believe all of this is happening. I feel like graduating with your mom is top tier, seeing that we both have been through the rocky roads together and now reap the fruits of our labour. I'm still in awe with all this graduation stuff because I can't believe it's really happening," he was quoted by Jamaican Observer saying.

The proud mom described her joy, saying that her late mother Daisy Williams is in heaven smiling at her for having achieved this.

"It is an elating, ecstatic, heartwarming and proud feeling. We are finally finished," she said.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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