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Virginia College Awards Honorary Diploma

Jul 3, 2014

Virginia College in Montgomery awarded an honorary diploma in Therapeutic Massage to Pauline Wright Lucas at a recent graduation ceremony.

Virginia College Awards Honorary Diploma

Ms. Wright Lucas, 90, was unable to complete her degree in Therapeutic Massage in 1944 because her parents did not want her to move from her home in Dale County, Alabama to Chicago to complete the resident part of the course. Ms. Wright Lucas retired from the Dale County Board of Education in 1989. According to her daughter, Ms. Wright Lucas has a love for therapeutic massage and still has her textbooks from 1944. Her philosophy is to "live your life and forget your age."

Kimberly Barker, Program Director for the Virginia College Therapeutic Massage program, said, "We're so proud to award this honorary diploma to such an inspiring individual. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. She got a standing ovation from everyone."

Virginia College Awards Honorary Diploma