98-Year-Old Utah Woman Finishes College Degree

By Catherine Groux
Posted July 09, 2012 12:07 PM

A 98-year-old Utah woman recently earned a college degree.
A 98-year-old Utah woman recently earned a college degree.
Although thousands of students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at Utah State University's graduation ceremony, one student in particular managed to inspire the audience: Twila Boston. At 98 years old, Boston was recently awarded a degree in American studies, The Herald Journal reports.

Like many other adult learners, Boston took classes at the school years ago, but failed to finish her degree. This year, the 98-year-old called the university and told faculty she wanted to complete the credential she started 40 years ago, as she was only a few credits shy of a degree.

Michelle Tobin, Boston's granddaughter, said she is truly an inspiration to her family members, as well as other adults considering going back to school to earn a bachelor's degree.

"I think it’s cool," she told the Journal. "She’s showing her grandkids and great-grandkids that it’s important to get an education regardless of age."

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more adult students like Boston are choosing to go back to school and earn a degree. Between 2010 and 2019, the center predicts a 23% increase in the number of college students age 25 and older, compared to a 9% growth in students under age 25.

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