CSUEB student Ida Cotton (Photo: Barry Zepel)

CSUEB student Ida Cotton (Photo: Barry Zepel)

85-year-old Cal State East Bay student Ida Cotton earns master's degree

  • June 10, 2010 10:00am

CBS 5 (KPIX-TV) reporter John Ramos visited the Cal State East Bay campus June 9 to meet 85-year old Ida Cotton.

Cotton, who will be received her MA in counseling and gerontology during the CLASS commencement ceremony June 12, has been living for the last three years in a Pioneer Heights student apartment.  After raising five kids, she got serious about school in her late 70s and went back to college.

But, as Ramos reported, there’s a twist to this story.  On Saturday when she graduates, she's needs to find a new home, as she needs to move out of campus housing just like other CSUEB students. Cotton has no family she can live with in the area. She has no money. She has no place to go.

Her academic advisor, Sally Murphy, said Cotton's ideal accommodations would be an efficiency apartment in the Hayward area where she knows a lot of people.

Watch Cotton's segment on the CBS 5 Web site.

Anyone who may be able to help should contact either Sally Murphy at (510) 885-2941 or Barry Zepel at (510) 885-3884.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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