Back to School: Grandmother Nears Graduation from Cheyney

David Bjorkgren
Image via Pete Bannan, MediaNews Group.
Retired police detective Claire Lane in front of a wall of civil rights pioneers who have inspired her.

A retired grandmother will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in May from Cheyney University in social relations, with a concentration in criminal justice, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Times.

Claire Lane, a Philadelphia police officer and detective for 20 years, will graduate with honors.

She already has an associate degree from the Community College of Philadelphia, which she earned while working full time as a police officer.

Following retirement, she ended up as an investigator for the Philadelphia public defender’s office.

Between working full time and raising a family, she never had a chance to pursue a bachelor’s degree and always wanted to go to Cheyney.

“I had always wanted to do that for my mother, too,” said Lane. “She had always urged me to get an education, but I never finished and got that degree.”

Her daughter, Philadelphia Court of Commons Pleas Judge Timika Lane, was encouraging.

“When she told me she was thinking about going to Cheyney, she said she thought she was too old to go back to school. I told her she absolutely can do it, that age has nothing to do with it,” said Judge Lane.

Read more in the Daily Times about Claire Lane’s Cheyney University experience.