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Octogenarian graduates, shows its never too late to follow your dream

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Amanda Brannock and Horace Sheffield. (SOURCE: Shorter Univ. Facebook page) Amanda Brannock and Horace Sheffield. (SOURCE: Shorter Univ. Facebook page)
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An 88-year-old Reverend from Barnesville is now the proud owner of a Bachelor's Degree following his graduation from Shorter University, according to a Facebook post.

Reverend Horace Sheffield graduated with an online degree from Shorter University on Friday, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Christian Studies. He's the first person to complete the online program.

According to the Northwest Georgia News, it was a walk 51 years in the making.

Sheffield first enrolled at Shorter in 1961 but left without a diploma in 1965 because his own daughters were soon to enter college, the Northwest Georgia News reported.

 As soon as his name was announced, the publication said, the crowd erupted with whistles and yells, and didn’t stop until he left the stage.

“It’s a thrill of a lifetime,” he told the Northwest Georgia News following the ceremony, while surrounded by family. “I finally made it.”

He relied on his neighbor Amanda Brannock who helped him with the technical aspects of the program. A facebook post says Brannock helped tutor Sheffield and help make sure his assignments were submitted correctly online.

Photos of the event show Brannock walked beside Sheffield as he pushed his walker across the stage.

“We went in as a team, and we wanted to come out as a team,” she told the Northwest Georgia News. “I could not be more proud if it was my own degree.”

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