Who Was the Oldest College Graduate?

Think it’s Too Late to Start a New Adventure in Retirement? …. Think Again.

When Nola Ochs became the oldest person ever to receive her bachelor’s degree in 2007, CBS News1 reported that she was, “completing the scholarly journey she began when Herbert Hoover was president.”

They got the part about the beginning of her journey right, but what they didn’t know was that the 95-year-old college grad wasn’t done. At an age when most people were winding down, Nola Ochs was opening yet another new chapter in her life – grad school.

In 2010, at age 98, she broke records again by becoming the oldest person ever to receive their master’s degree2 – a record itself which had been set only 3 years earlier by the 94-year-old Phyllis Turner.3

Ochs and Turner aren’t alone.

In 2012, Alan Stewart earned his fourth degree – a Master of Clinical Science (Complementary Medicine) – at the age of 97.4 In 2015, Doreetha Daniels became the oldest person to receive her associate’s degree at 99.5

Graduations Aren’t the Only Thing Retirees are Accomplishing

A couple years ago, 79-year-old Paddy Jones made the notoriously critical Simon Cowell’s jaw drop during her energetic (and quite limber) salsa routine during Britain’s Got Talent.6

Jones had been an avid dancer in her youth, but gave it up when she got married at 22. Forty-seven years later, her husband passed away from leukemia, and Paddy Jones decided to pick up dancing again.6, 7

When she stepped onto the stage in 2014 to compete in Britain’s Got Talent, Cowell dismissed her almost immediately, but only moments later, she had the attention of all the judges as the 79-year-old was spun wildly around the dance floor.

If you haven’t seen this stunning performance, yet, you can look for Paddy & Nico on Britain’s Got Talent on YouTube.com.

Meanwhile, 80-year-old Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person ever to scale Mount Everest. This was after no less than 4 heart surgeries. Not only was he the oldest person ever to scale Everest, but it was his third time. He didn’t scale Everest for the first time until he was 70 years old.8

What Will You Accomplish During Retirement?

Retirees today are out in the world beginning new adventures and creating new lives for themselves. Many of them aren’t slowing down – they’re speeding up.

Now that you’ve heard the stories of what these retirees have done, it’s time to write your own story.

What’s your passion? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to? Have you put dreams on hold to make room for the demands of life?

Retirement is a new opportunity for you to focus on you. It’s time to let your goals and interests take priority. You only have to point the way. They’re Your Dreams.

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Don’t let financial concerns hold you back from completing your life goals.

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1 Klatell, James. “Meet The 95-Year-Old Graduate.” CBSNews. 11 May 2007. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-the-95-year-old-graduate/.

2 ” Oldest College Grad” Pass It On: Values.com. Accessed 24 May 2016._ http://www.values.com/inspirational-sayings-billboards/28-live-life.

3 Mcguirk, Rod. “94-year-old Graduates with Master’s” USATODAY.com. 3 Aug. 2007.http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2007-08-03-2580999733_x.htm.

4 Southern Cross University, A New Way to Think. “Allan Stewart – World’s Oldest Graduate.” YouTube. 24 May 2012.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkgAsOYVNSg.

5 Jones, Jaleesa M. “99-year-old Woman Graduates from College.” USA Today. 08 June 2015.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/06/08/99-year-old-woman-graduates-from-college/28701339/.

6 BritainsGotTalent09. “Spectacular Salsa – Paddy & Nico – Electric Ballroom | Britain’s Got Talent 2014.” YouTube. 12 Apr. 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjHnWz3EyHs.

7 “Paddy Jones.” Wikipedia. Accessed 24 May 2016. .

8 Poladian, Charles. “Oldest Man To Climb Mount Everest, Yuichiro Miura, Nearly Died On The Way Down.” International Business Times. 29 May 2013.