Since abandoning her studies in 1960, an 80-year-old woman named Madeline Elizabeth Adams has fulfilled her lifelong dream of earning a Bachelor’s degree.
Madeline Adams, 80, earned a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska.
She stated that she began her studies for a Bachelor’s degree at the university in 1960 but had to drop out due to some difficulties. “I just want to put a cap on something I started in 1960,” she explained.
Madeline Adams, who graduated from the University of Nebraska in May 2022, also explained why she dropped out in 1960. She explained that retirement age had crept up on her after she had three children and career changes that took her away from her immediate environment.
Her children and great-grandchildren saw her as a source of inspiration and perseverance. Instead of sitting idle, her children inspired her to complete the task she began so many years ago.
“I was finished with school, and my children encouraged me in these latter years – these curtain years, saying, ‘Momma, you’re not going to be a couch potato,'” she explained.