Retired Veteran Graduates TTU at 71

LUBBOCK,TX - "You're never too old to learn," Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran Francisco Figueroa said. 

Friday evening, the 71 year old man graduated Texas Tech University with his Doctorate Degree in Systems Management Engineering. 

"It's been fifty years since I graduated the first time from Texas Tech," Figueroa said. 

Figueroa is the first of his family to earn a college degree. He said his father going back to school at earn his GEA at 69 years old inspired him to always continue to learn.

"Never give up on your dreams and always keep on trying to learn a little bit more today than you did yesterday," Figueroa said. 

Along with his wife and son, Figueroa's 99 year old mother, Flavia Figueroa, was also able to attend the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.  

"I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to come," Flavia said. "I'm so happy and to see all of my nieces and nephews that were able to come, and cousins, I'm just emotional, very emotional and happy about it. Thank you God."

"I'm sure they're very proud but not nearly as much as I am proud of them for all the support and love they've given me over the years," Figueroa said.

He plans on using his new degree to research and consult with different universities. 

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