On December 11 the two graduated side-by-side at the University of Texas
A grandfather and granddaughter have graduated college together, although it took decades.
Rene Neira, 88, of San Antonio, Texas — who has been working on his college degree for 70 years — has finally graduated alongside his 23-year-old granddaughter, Melanie Salazar, the Daily Mail is reporting.
Neira enrolled in college in the 1950s but left so he could take care of his family.
He always dreamed of finishing college, and when Salazar graduated high school and started at the University of Texas he decided it was time to hit the books again.
On December 11 the two graduated side-by-side.
Salazar said the moment was emotional.
“Everything was silent. I didn’t hear any clapping or applause but I was told that the whole stadium erupted,” she told Good Morning America.
“Since the 1950s, he has been working toward his bachelor’s degree and it has been one of his life goal and dreams. But in the ’50s he fell in love and got married and started a family, so he wasn’t able to continue school right away.”
Over the years, Neira took a class here and there while balancing being a husband and father of five, working at a local bank.
The pair never had a class together but they did carpool, study, and eat lunch together.