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90-year-old woman graduates from US university with honours, celebrates unique achievement

Joyce DeFauw, a remarkable 90-year-old grandmother, finally fulfilled her longtime goal of receiving a university degree after making her initial try more than 70 years ago.

With a bachelor’s degree in general studies, Joyce DeFauw, 90, became the oldest individual to ever graduate from Northern Illinois University in the United States.

When Joyce DeFauw first enrolled at Northern Illinois University in 1951, she recalled having to leave school because she had found the love of her life there. DeFauw stated, “I attended school for three and a half years, but after I met him, I chose to leave.”

WREX claims that Northern Illinois University was known as Northern Illinois State Teachers College when Joyce DeFauw attended for the first time to complete her bachelor’s degree. She first enrolled for a teaching degree but shifted her concentration to home economics.

Don Freeman Sr. is her spouse and the attractive man Joyce DeFauw fell in love with. Before his death, they were married and had three kids together.

Later, Joyce wed the late Roy DeFauw. Together, they raised six kids, including two sets of twins. She currently has 24 great-grandchildren and 17 grandchildren thanks to the expansion of her family over the years.

Joyce DeFauw made the decision to go back to school in 2019 to finish her degree after being encouraged by her kids. She explained, “I believe I mentioned I was disappointed I didn’t finish school and my kids urged me to go back.”

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