Bachelor’s degree awarded to Upper Marlboro great-grandmother

May 25, 2017 by  

Upper Marlboro resident Lucy Capers, 79, recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Studies from the University of Maryland University College.

Growing up as a child in Alabama, her educational opportunities were limited. She got married when she 18 years old, worked for the federal government, and had three children. Once she retired, as someone who has always had a love of learning, she decided to pursue a college degree.

Capers said she did it both for herself and to set an example for the rest of her family. Having 13 great-grandchildren, she attended Prince George’s Community College and earned two associate’s degrees.

She then went on to enroll in an online program at the College five years ago. The degree she was awarded means that she is the second member of her family to graduate from college.

Friends and family commented positively on her accomplishment. Linda Minger showed her pride in her sister’s accomplishment in saying that the amount of time is not important in how long it takes to achieve one’s goals, but what does count is persistence and effort.

The University might consider updating their brochures about the college highlighting this significant accomplishment.