Mom of 11 Heading to Harvard Grad School

Oklahoma woman dropped out of university 30 years ago to raise family
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2011 8:06 AM CDT
Mom of 11 Heading to Harvard Grad School
Allyson Reneau is heading to Harvard graduate school 30 years and 11 kids after dropping out of the University of Oklahoma in her sophomore year.   (

A 50-year-old Oklahoma mother of 11 is heading to Harvard, 30 years after dropping out of college, reports Fox News. Allyson Reneau maintained a 4.0 GPA at Oklahoma University, while raising her large family and running her own gymnastics center. Starting tomorrow, Reneau will fly to Massachusetts once a week to study Harvard's grad program in international relations.

Reneau spent the last couple of years taking classes at OU by day, going to the gym in the afternoons, then wrangling dinner and family in the evenings. She would then tackle her homework around 9pm—studying late into the night—then wake up around 5:30am to read the Bible and run before her children woke up. Although Reneau is still three credits short of her bachelor's degree, the schools will let finish her undergraduate classes later. "Sometimes those dreams, you bury them," Reneau says. "You get so busy raising your family that you forget your identity." (Read more Harvard stories.)

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