Magdalena Reyes Gama (64) and Azucena España (63) accomplished their dreams of graduating from St. Augustine College on May 27.
Magdalena Reyes graduated as Magma Cum Laude – the second highest degree a student achieves – earning her Associate in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree with a concentration in Addictions Counseling.
“I am happy and proud to be a 64-year-old grandmother with honors. It took me a little over two and a half years to achieve this goal, “she said excitedly after the graduation ceremony. “It was a great effort but the result was a dream I waited for, for a very long time. Thank God, I have already done it and I am eternally grateful to St. Augustine College, all of its staff, admissions counselors, academics, teachers … and of course my family, because it was with their support and their encouragement that I achieved it. “
Mrs. Reyes revealed that the greatest sacrifice she had to make to achieve this dream was to abandon a business that she had begun with her husband. “Time did not allow me to do both. I put my studies ahead because I consider it very important not only for myself but for my whole family. I also had to stop enjoying my grandchildren. I left my role as a grandmother to be a student, but it was worth it … well worth it,” she concluded.
“Everything is possible, there is no barrier that prevents it”
On the other hand, we have Azucena España who completed her goal of obtaining a Psychology degree. The sunny morning of May 27 will remain forever in the memory of this mother because it is the day that she finally managed to accomplish a long-cherished dream: to become a Psychologist. “It’s my accomplished goal. It’s something I wanted to get for a long time. It took me quite a while to make it, almost 10 years, but I did it, he said minutes before her graduation ceremony at North Park University Auditorium in Chicago.
“I am here to prove that everything is possible in this country; there is no barrier preventing it. I am 63 years old and I am a clear example that when something is wanted everything is possible. The key word is to want, and that is achieved with great will and effort; I work 8 hours a day and I even do part time on Saturdays and Sundays. It was a great sacrifice because I had to leave aside almost my family commitments for those that were required at school,” she said.
Azucena España said that she began to study at SAC a long time ago and because of life’s circumstances, she would leave it and then return and leave it again. “When I stopped studying, I thought it would be impossible for me to get a degree in Psychology, but St. Augustine College called me all the time and they would say, ‘Are you ready to go back?’ And I would respond not yet … I really appreciate that Insistence and advice, they did not give up my dream. I just waited for my children to grow up so they could go to school. Now, nobody can stop me because I am planning to get my masters, I may not be young, but I have a lot of energy and I think I have a lot to give, “she concluded.