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Longview student, 71, graduates valedictorian of nursing class

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Jerry Duncan worked 18 years for her previous employer as an unlicensed nursing aide. But when the company started requiring licenses, she was out of a job at 71 years old. So, Duncan did what more and more baby boomers are doing.

She went back to school.

In a ceremony tonight at Kilgore College-Longview, eight students including Duncan graduated from the school's certified nursing assistant program. She was the oldest student in the class by several years, yet Duncan was class valedictorian with a 108 grade point average.

"I figured I would pass, but I didn't figure I would pass that big," Duncan says.

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