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PHOENIX ó An 89-year-old San Diego woman has earned a degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Patti Burson received a master's degree in marriage and family therapy during Friday's commencement.

It was 68 years between degrees for Burson, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Albright College in Pennsylvania in 1945.

Burson had a lifetime goal of getting a second degree and completed her course work online with Grand Canyon.

She persevered through a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma less than two years ago and also a recent back ailment.

Burson plans to counsel baby boomers and seniors on issues related to retirement.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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