Tales of the non-traditional

More news about adult and continuing education students. From The Miami Herald.

Florida International University grad earns doctorate at 87
Never very interested in golf, Richard Smith needed something to absorb him in his retirement years.

So the World War II pilot turned businessman from Boca Raton took to books and at 87 is now the oldest person to ever graduate from Florida International University. On Saturday evening he received a doctorate in American History, a decade after he got his masters from Florida Atlantic University.

“It’s a good way to stay young,” he said.

But now that he’s a doctor, he isn’t quite sure what to do with the degree.

“I like the idea of research. I will probably find another topic and research it,” Smith said, adding that he may also like to teach.

“I might be of some value in the schools.”

Originally from the Boston-area, Smith never imagined he would one day have a PhD.


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