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First in family to graduate college gets honorary degree at age of 14

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We all hear that children grow up to fast these days.

One local girl doesn't have any choice.

14-year-old Joy Epps put on her cap and gown Sunday becoming a marine biologist. She has terminal cancer and is living at a hospice house. Her family only expects to have her around for a few more days.

So Joy's nurses arranged a special treat. They called up Savannah State University and the school's Vice President came to Savannah Hospice Sunday to give Joy an honorary marine biology degree fulfilling Joy's dream of becoming the first person in her family to graduate college. The hospice house chapel was full of friends and family who posed for pictures and gave hugs congratulating Joy on her special day. Joy had a few simple words for her new alma mater.

"Thank you. Thank you for making my dream come true. I never thought it would happen," said Joy Epps.

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