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ROCKFORD (WREX) - Senior citizens share their life experiences with college students.

Students at Rockford College have been doing the "Golden Grads" program for more than 5 years.  A student is paired up with someone who graducated from the college years ago, to learn what is was like to grow up in a different time, maybe during the Great Depression or  World War 2.

One student says the class changed her perspective on aging.

"It kind of got rid of that fear I have because I look at Mrs. Fedeli and I see how well she's aged and how huge of a part she plays in our community," says Rockford College junior, Ashleigh Arneson

1957 gaduate, Shirley Martignoni Fideli says, "I think it helps us stop and think a little more about how many years we've had, and the great experiences hopefully many of us have had, and it all goes back to your education."

The oldest "Golden Grad" of the group graduated from Rockford College in 1938.

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