5 Elderly People That Graduated from a University

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Remarkably, Centennial, CO, elderly care professionals report that some seniors over 90 years of age are earning their college degrees. These inspirational people have overcome health obstacles that would sideline many people much younger. Read more about them in the article below.

1. Shigemi Hirata

In June 2016, Shigemi Hirata became the oldest college graduate in the world at 96 years and 200 days old. Shigemi worked at public hospitals across Japan. After he retired at the age of 70, he attended a local pottery show and became fascinated with the works of art on display. He enrolled in college when he was 85. It took him 11 years to finish his degree.

2. Bertie Gladwin

Bertie Gladwin dropped out of school when he was just 14 years old. Despite the fact that he had never used a computer until he retired in 1985, Bertie has been able to earn three different degrees. After spending his career working for the British military, he wrote his final paper on Special Operations Executive (SOE) in France during the Second World War. He earned his final degree when he was 90 years old. He hopes to earn his doctorate before he turns 100. 

3. Dorothea Daniels

In the early 1900s, Dorothea Daniels traveled from Nebraska to California to become a nurse. Once she arrived, she was not admitted because she was from out of state. Despite having numerous strokes, she graduated in 2015 at the age of 99.

4. Twila Boston

Twila Boston always found learning fun. Her family says that it is not surprising that she wanted to go back to school despite being 98 years old. She finished her studies at the University of Utah in less than a year, picking up on an education she had abandoned earlier in life. The last time that she entered a classroom before finishing her degree in 2012 was in the 1980s.

5. Nola Ochs

Nola Ochs left college in 1930 to get married. She did not return for 42 years. At the age of 98, she became the oldest person to ever receive a master’s degree. While her original goal was to be sitting in a classroom when she turned 100, she was in the process of writing a book instead. In December 2016, Nola passed away at the age of 105.

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