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‘It’s never too late’

Wife, mother, grandmother. Breast cancer survivor. And now UNCG Homecoming Royalty. 

56-year-old Vickie Whitt, a communication studies major, was crowned at the annual Homecoming celebration in October. 

For “Grandma V,” the honor represents the fulfillment of a promise she made to herself at age 50.

“I never went to college until after I battled cancer, and I decided I’m going to do all of the things that I never did before,” she said. 

This has meant taking full advantage of the college experience. Vickie has worked at Elliott University Center, is vice president of the Transfer and Adult Student Union, and is participating in the Gold Leadership Challenge through the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement. She will graduate this spring.

“An adult student is just like a 20-year-old student. We all come here for the same thing, and this is the place to be,” she said. “It’s never too late.”

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Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

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