Texas Tech University

Retired Veteran, 71, Graduates with Ph.D. From Texas Tech

Anna (Elizabeth) Pace

May 21, 2017

KXAN - "You're never too old to learn," said retired U.S. Air Force veteran Francisco Figueroa.

On Friday evening, the 71-year-old man graduated Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a doctoral degree in systems management engineering.

"It's been 50 years since I graduated the first time from Texas Tech," he said.

Figueroa is the first in his family to earn a college degree. He said that seeing his father return to school at earn a GED at the age of 69 inspired him to always continue to learn.

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