Kimberly Schu, via Huffington Post
This past weekend, 80-year-old Rosa Salgado graduated from Miami-Dade College with honors. If that isn’t remarkable enough, Salgado received her diploma alongside her two grandchildren.
Salgado is living proof that it’s never too late to receive a diploma. After many years as a professor in her hometown in Colombia, Salgado arrived in Miami two decades ago and enrolled at Miami-Dade hoping to familiarize herself with the English language. While in class, she worked at a local daycare to help support her family. Unfortunately, in 2005 her daughter was in a car accident, hindering Salgado’s studies. Still, she kept school as a high priority, and regardless of life’s challenges she continued to work hard and keep alive her dream of becoming a college graduate.
Salgado is an inspiration to her grandson who says that, “For me and my family, for her to take this one step graduating, it fills my heart.” In fact, she has motivated him to continue his educational journey with the motto, “Never give up, that’s my best, never give up.” Rosa Salgado now dreams of becoming an author, writing and illustrating books of poems for children. “I love art and education and anything to do with children,” Salgado said. What an inspiration!
And just in time for Mother’s Day!