Nola Ochs, the World’s Oldest College Graduate at age 95, set another world record by earning her Masters Degree at 98 Years Old! Now she is writing a book at age 100!
Nola is pictured at left, at 98 years old, receiving her Masters Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in History at Fort Hays State University in Kansas in May, 2010. This event was reported by numerous news sources, including the Columbus Dispatch.
Before that, in 2007, Ms. Ochs became a Guinness World Record holder as the world’s oldest college graduate when she received her college diploma with a B.A. Degree in History at Fort Hays State University at Age 95! (See video below).
But, there is more. After receiving her Masters Degree, Nola Ochs applied for a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the History Department at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), and she served in that position until the end of the first semester of 2011. She continued taking classes at the University during the second semester of 2011, and then took time off from her classwork to work on a genealogy project and on writing a book, according to a report by LJWorld.
She celebrated her 100th Birthday in November, 2011, the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) History Department reported. The celebration took place at a Fort Hays basketball game. Nola blew out candles on a birthday cake at center court, was serenaded by the crowd, and was honored at a pre-game reception attended by about 100 family members and friends, LJWorld reported. Some came from as far away as Germany.
At age 100, she is now working on her genealogy project and is writing a book. Ms. Ochs told LJWorld that she has a good start on the book, which is about her life experiences.
“I’ll call it ‘Nola Remembers’ … and I depend on the name Nola to sell it,” she said, laughing. (She is widely known and honored around campus simply as “Nola.”)
When she received her Masters Degree at Age 98, she was asked how she felt about being known as the world’s oldest graduate.
“I’m very gratified to have attained that distinction,” she told the Fort Hays State University reporter. “I would like, in the long run, to encourage people to keep on learning. Our education is never complete.”
Watch this earlier video by NBC News about Ms. Ochs’ first record-breaking college graduation at age 95 (please wait through the commercial advertisement to see the video) »
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