Grandmother of 12 earns bachelor's degree from NSU

Steve Earley | The Virginian-Pilot The bachelor’s degree didn’t just fall in Darlene Pitts’ lap. After The Virginian-Pilot chronicled the Norfolk grandmother’s pursuit of a college education in 2011, she had plenty of work to do. And the work almost got the best of her. Pitts, 57, found herself on academic probation at Norfolk State University. She quit a second job to devote more time to her schoolwork. And she got tutoring. Now the grandmother of 12 – she’s added four more grandchildren since The Pilot wrote about her five years ago – is set to graduate Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. “It was a rough four years,” Pitts said. “But I still hung in there.” In December 2011, The Pilot wrote about Pitts earning an associate degree from Tidewater Community College. That journey...

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