The goal of so many people: a college education. At 83-years-old, Ruth Stoeffler has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She began her degree program in 1995.
After Mrs. Stoeffler's husband died, she felt that it was time to educate herself like she had encouraged her four children. The new widow enrolled at Western Michigan University in 1995 and 13 years later, had earned her Bachelor's Degree.
According to a news report, the young minded woman strutted her stuff along with the other robed graduates in a ceremony this past weekend.
With a 3.78 GPA, Mrs. Stoeffler plans on putting that degree to good use - volunteer work.
Now that Mrs. Stoeffler has dedicated her life to raising her children and getting them all a college education and now has completed the circle herself, and her advice to those out there:
whether 18 or 80: "Have at it! And really make a point of enjoying it. It's worth every hour."
Truly an inspiration to anyone who thought that they had missed the boat or believed that they had to complete a degree program in a specified amount of time. Better yet, those who think a degree is only for financial betterment, think again.
Congratulations Mrs. Stoeffler!