59-year-old Memphis woman receives three degrees at Lemoyne-Owen

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- It’s graduation season and one Memphis woman went the extra mile at LeMoyne-Owen College, earning three degrees.

The commencement was held Saturday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood, where 160 degrees were conferred. The largest number at Lemoyne-Owen in several years.

Fifty-nine-year-old Alison Turner is a mother, business owner and grandmother.

Turner earned her Associate of Arts in general studies, Bachelor of Arts in music and Bachelor of Business Administration in management. Each of those degrees were conferred with a cum laude designation.

“I’m very grateful that’s the biggest word,” said Turner on Saturday. “I’m grateful and thankful.”

Turner said her 40-year trek to earning degrees was a long a road where she overcame health and money problems. Now she’s focusing on her future.

Her journey began when she graduated from Hamilton High School in 1978.

“I’m looking forward to next week, today the rest of the day,” said the new graduate. “The rest of my life and what’s next.”

Also honored Saturday was lead singer for the Bar-Kays, Larry Dodson who was awarded with an honorary doctorate degree.


Dodson offered some advice to other adults still seeking their education.

“Just don’t play yourself cheap and I’m an example at 69 years old if I can do it anybody can do it,” shared Dodson.

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