Mae Beale, a 82-year-old retiree, has just earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).
In her younger years, Bell worked as a licensed practical nurse in Washington, DC, the release said. Working in Medicare and Medicaid’s Department of Health and Human Services centers, she helped plan several major events, which impacted her career.
According to the release, in 1994, at the age of 54, Bell began his event planning business and began working at Howard Community College for his associate’s degree in business management.
After completing the associate degree program, he decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree, one class at a time.
“I wanted to make sure I had time for whatever class I was in,” she said in the release. “I was like a tortoise. The slow and steady race wins.”
“I discovered that I have to be conscious of it and make it my priority.”
Despite being older than most of his classmates, Bell was a star student. He graduated with honors and was listed as a Dean several times during his time at UMGC.
Bell received his diploma with 3,300 graduates from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes, Bob Ludwig, assistant vice president of media relations at the university, told CNN. He completed his coursework in the 2020 class, but the school has not held a graduation ceremony in person since 2019 due to the corona virus epidemic.
Beale, who serves as a community advocate on several Maryland local boards, told the university that the degree gave her a great sense of self-confidence: “I knew that if I had a degree, it would make things stronger. It will make me feel better. Relax. “
And he encouraged others to pursue higher education with an open mind. “Introduce yourself to as many possibilities as possible because you never know what life will offer.”