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May 23, 2002

This Saturday, Harriet Ellen Miller, the oldest graduate of SFSU's Class of 2002, will don cap and gown and walk into the University's Cox Stadium to celebrate commencement alongside her youngest grandchild Rachel Kanewske.

Miller, a San Francisco resident, graduates with a special major degree in the psychosocial aspects of aging. Her granddaughter graduates with a bachelor's degree in geography.

Miller has been taking college courses for more than 20 years, but in 1996, at the urging of her daughter Kathy Kanewske (Rachel's mother), she decided to begin serious work on an undergraduate degree.

"I figured the brain was still working so why not," she says. "Of course, I thought I'd be in school forever so I had to get going."

Miller hopes to continue taking classes at local universities and hasn't entirely ruled out a shot at graduate school.

For more on Miller, see the press release.

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