Grandma gets honorary degree for aiding New Mexico community - Albuquerque Journal

Grandma gets honorary degree for aiding New Mexico community

bright spotSANTA FE – An 84-year-old woman has received an honorary degree from Northern New Mexico College for her contributions to a small community north of Española.

The degree was awarded Saturday to Socorro Herrera.

“I’m not the type that likes to show off, but they gave me that honorary degree, and I’m glad,” Herrera told the Santa Fe New Mexican in an interview after the ceremony.

According to the newspaper, Herrera is a great-grandmother and is known for feeding the elderly, singing at weddings and running Socorro’s Restaurant, a staple in Hernández that has drawn customers including former President Barack Obama and famed actor John Travolta.

Herrera was born in the same house in Hernández where she has operated the restaurant for the past 28 years.

She married at 16, had the first of her four children by the time she was 17 and didn’t graduate from high school back then.

But now, Herrera is on her way to holding a diploma from the Peñasco Independent School District.

She has six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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