Italian Grandmother Graduates with Honors at Age 87
Anna Valanzuolo Carcaterra always regretted not going to a university after finishing secondary school. Instead, she got a job and raised a family. That changed when she enrolled at Federico II University in Naples in 2011 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in literature. Despite her age, Carcaterra still had to face the same nerve-wracking ordeal that all Italian students endure before graduating – orally defending her thesis in front of a commission of academics. Her grandchildren, children and friends were all there to support her as she explained her work on how the writings of medieval poet Dante Alighieri influenced the 19th century revolutionary poet Ugo Foscolo. Eventually, Carcaterra took her degree – graduating with top marks and honors.