“I wants to inspire the old and the young to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve”. – 80 years old graduate.

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Donzella Washington graduates from the Alabama A&M University with a social work major.

Washington as a child stuttered badly, and it had a major impact on her self-esteem.  And at her thirties she toke four speech classes at the College of the Sequoias to defeat the problem.  In the end, she slowly gained her confidence.

She ventured into real estate at a local bank for 18 years, she never really found the time to complete a college degree.  Washington started taking a AAMU courses operated on the Lawson State Community College campus in 2013, when she moved to stay with her daughter in Fultondaoe, Ala., after her husband’s death.

Washington receiving her honor.
Washington receiving her honor.

On Friday, December 6, at the Von Braun Center at 1 p.m., Washington achieved her dream on December 6th. She received her degree in social work, graduating magna cum laude with a 3.64 GPA.  She achieved a 4.0 during her final semester.

In an interview conducted with Washington by AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., She said ” I wants to inspire the old and the young to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve”.

Washington
Washington

Washington is preparing to return to the institution for her Masters.

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