Texas woman graduates college alongside her 88-year-old grandfather

A 23-year-old Texas woman celebrated her college commencement ceremony with a special guest: her 88-year-old grandfather who graduated the same day. 

The sweet moment happened at the University of Texas at San Antonio commencement ceremony Dec. 11. Melanie Salazar, graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. At the same time, Salazar’s grandfather, Rene Neira, received a degree of recognition in economics.

The degrees are the culmination of the duo attending college together. Salazar and Neira became viral sensations in 2016 when Salazar posted on social media her grandfather was attending Palo Alto College in San Antonio. Salazar told ABC News that Neira was in the process of receiving his associate’s degree from the community college, then planned to attend UTSA to receive his bachelor’s degree.

The two were able to cross the graduation stage together.



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