Ella Washington has accomplished a lot in her life. The 89-year-old woman born in rural North Carolina raised
12 children while working a full-time job.
She put her kids through school, but had to put her own education on the back burner.
That changed a few years ago, when Washington decided to enroll at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
She finally walked across the graduation stage weeks ago, receiving her associate degree in interdisciplinary
studies and next will major in history
Washington dropped out of school in the sixth grade to work on the family farm. When she started a family,
she moved to Washington, D.C., and held a variety of jobs.
Washington’s daughter says she taught all of her children how to read, write, and do math before they even
At the age of 49, Washington was able to focus on her own education, and enrolled in an adult education
program to get her GED diploma in 1978.