SLIDESHOW: 88-year-old Georgia man graduates from college - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

SLIDESHOW: 88-year-old Georgia man graduates from college

88-year-old Rev. Horace Sheffield of Barnesville, GA. (Source: Donna Flournoy Photography) 88-year-old Rev. Horace Sheffield of Barnesville, GA. (Source: Donna Flournoy Photography)
Rev. Horace Sheffield (R) and Amanda Brannock (L) at Shorter University graduation. (Source: Shorter University/Facebook) Rev. Horace Sheffield (R) and Amanda Brannock (L) at Shorter University graduation. (Source: Shorter University/Facebook)
Rev. Horace Sheffield sitting at a pew at Calvary Baptist Church with a Bible in his hands. (Source: Donna Flournoy) Rev. Horace Sheffield sitting at a pew at Calvary Baptist Church with a Bible in his hands. (Source: Donna Flournoy)

BARNESVILLE, GA (WTVM) – Never let someone tell you that you are too old to do something.

An 88-year-old Georgia man’s dreams have come true as he graduated from college Friday, joining some much younger folks in the Class of 2017.

Rev. Horace Sheffield, from Barnesville, earned his Bachelor of Science in Christian studies with a minor in liberal arts from Shorter University in Rome, 58 years after he began his college career.

Sheffield recently went back to college to finish his degree and had a little help along the way too from his next-door neighbor.

Amanda Brannock gladly helped Sheffield along the way with the technical aspects— helping him make sure his assignments were submitted correctly online.

Donna Flournoy, a photographer, got the sentimental moment on camera, writing a Facebook post: “For anyone that thinks they should quit.... Don’t! Look at this awesome 88 years young graduate rocking his cap & gown! Graduating this Friday from Shorter University!”

After the graduation ceremony, Sheffield, surrounded by family, told the Rome News-Tribune, “It’s a thrill of a lifetime. I finally made it… I am living proof that you have no excuses.” Sheffield said.

In one Facebook picture, Sheffield is wearing his cap and holding a sign that reads “With God, all things are possible— Matthew 19:26.”

Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

  • Inside News Leader 9More>>

  • Special

    As seen on 9

    As seen on 9

    Saw a story on-air and want to learn more? Find the social media talkers and big news stories here.

    More >>

    Saw a story on-air and want to learn more? Find the social media talkers and big news stories here.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly