75-year-old grandmother graduates college, says it’s “never too late” to dream big

Local News

BROWNSVILLE — Brownsville native Lupita Moreno wears a lot of hats; she’s a mother, grandmother, nurse, wife, and now a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley graduate.

“I’m 75 years old. I started it in the spring of 2015 when I was 70,” said Moreno.

In 2015, Moreno enrolled at UTRGV after decades of being a nurse.

“The reason that I went for psychology is because I see a lot of people with a lot of emotional problems and I wanted to know more about psychology and this was the opportunity for me to learn more,” acknowledged Moreno.

Moreno’s thirst for knowledge inspired her granddaughter Christy Gil to share the cap and gown photos.

“I was like I have never seen anything [cute] especially when she threw the cap up in the air, I was like oh my God that’s so cute,” she said with a smile and laughed.

Within a matter of hours, the wholesome photos of a proud grandma, spread on facebook from family to friends to local media and complete strangers looking for something positive as COVID-19 hits parts of the world.

“There’s been a lot of sad things going on why not just brighten up somebody’s day,” pondered Gil.

COVID-19 prompted UTRGV to cancel their traditional walk and receive ceremony but the photos and positivity, is something Grandma can smile about.

“This was just the start and I need to know more and if I can apply it to help people that is what I want to do,” said Moreno.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands"

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing"

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Disinfecting"

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth"

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact"

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas"

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often"

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link

Inside RGV Politics

More Inside RGV Politics
More Throwback Thursday