September 17, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) - An 89-year-old San Diego woman has earned a degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
Patti Burson received a master's degree in marriage and family therapy during Friday's commencement.
It was 68 years between degrees for Burson, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Albright College in Pennsylvania in 1945.
Burson had a lifetime goal of getting a second degree and completed her course work online with Grand Canyon.
She persevered through a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma less than two years ago and also a recent back ailment.
Burson plans to counsel baby boomers and seniors on issues related to retirement.
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