May 9, 2009

Mother of five college graduate at age 61

A 61-year-old mother of five is graduating from the University of Detroit 30 years after she took her first college course.

Lynda McDade, who also is a grandmother, was to graduate Saturday during the same ceremony as two of her daughters, which she called her Mother's Day bonus, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Her 30-year perseverance, she said, came from leaning on God and my children.

A third daughter, Dana McDade-Douse, 38, said she remembers her mother's determination when she entered the final stretch last year.

She was like ... 'I'm going back to school. I'm going to do this,' McDade-Douse said.