Never too late

84-year-old Jewish grandmother finishes her college degree

Janet Fein graduated from high school at 16 in 1950 but only pursued higher education after retiring and receiving free tuition

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Janet Fein (L) with her longtime college adviser, Sheila Rollerson. (University of Texas at Dallas News Center.)
Janet Fein (L) with her longtime college adviser, Sheila Rollerson. (University of Texas at Dallas News Center.)

JTA — Janet Fein, 84, practices what she preaches when she says “Never leave anything unfinished.”

The Jewish grandmother from Dallas finally earned her bachelor’s degree, in sociology, decades after going straight into the workforce from high school, the Texas Jewish Post reported. She was among the graduates in the ceremony last week at the University of Texas at Dallas.

According to the Jewish newspaper, Fein skipped several grades, graduating from high school at 16 in 1950. She worked for years as a secretary before earning an associate’s degree and going on to work for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

After retiring, she decided to pursue a degree.

“Because I was over 65, I got free tuition. I picked sociology because the study of people and society was a perfect match,” she was quoted as saying. “In my family, I’ve got a doctor, a speech therapist, a couple of artists, sales and marketing professionals, a nurse, a teacher and an engineer. I’m excited to join them in getting my degree. I’ve worked hard and as proud as I am of them, I’m proud of me too.”

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