After 33 years and myriad health issues, student graduates from UK
Karen Stucker Rogers had no idea when she entered the University of Kentucky as a freshman in 1978 that more than 33 years would pass before she would receive her bachelor's degree.
Life just got in the way, said Rogers, 52.
The death of her father and the extensive health problems of her mother, brother and husband, not to mention her own, forced her to put her educational goals on the back burner.
But Sunday night, after years of caring for others and undergoing about 20 surgeries herself since a head-on traffic collision in 1997, Rogers finally went across the stage at Rupp Arena and accepted her bachelor of health science degree.
UK President Eli Capilouto didn't mention her by name in his commencement address, but he talked about Rogers' life story, saying she was "a student who has shown outstanding persistence."