Education is a process that lasts a lifetime and transcends the boundaries of age. It is often said that “learning has no age limit” or “it is never too late to learn”. This sentiment emphasizes the idea that education is not limited to a specific period of life, but can be done at any stage, regardless of age.
Whether it’s acquiring new skills, gaining knowledge in a specific field, or simply broadening your horizons, education offers endless opportunities for personal growth and development. A man did the same at the age of 72; here is his story.
Man graduates from college at 72
Four years ago, 72-year-old Sam Kaplan decided to attend college for the first time. He hadn’t been to school in 50 years, but he made the most of his unique position. On May 11, he will graduate summa cum laude from #GGC. Learn more: https://t.co/vFJ1V0uVdP #GGCgrad pic.twitter.com/tchqTZWLnf
— Georgia Gwinnett University (@GeorgiaGwinnett) May 9, 2023
Sam Kaplan, 72, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, in the United States, is among the graduates of Georgia Gwinnett College who earned their diplomas this month. His 99-year-old mother also attended the graduation ceremony.
During this graduation season, he was the talk of the town, and when he walked to receive his diploma from Georgia Gwinnett College, he was enthusiastically applauded by the audience.
Kaplan has a degree in film production and video art. According to Fox News, Kaplan’s path to graduation was not normal. He never contemplated going to college after graduating high school in 1969. However, Kaplan had a chance encounter on the road four years ago that would change the course of his future.
— Georgia Gwinnett University (@GeorgiaGwinnett) May 14, 2023
He has experience in screenwriting and has written two books.
The 72-year-old man becomes the first in his family to receive a college degree! Sam Kaplan graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with his 99-year-old mom in attendance! 🎓🎉(🎥:@GeorgiaGwinnett) pic.twitter.com/TzK5kiIva2
—GoodNewsMovement (@GoodNewsMVT) May 17, 2023
“I was driving down the freeway when I heard on the radio that this title was available. The next exit was Collinsville, so I took that one and five minutes later I was registering for the class,” Kaplan explained.
With a background in screenwriting and having written two books, Kaplan decided to focus on film and media arts, according to the news outlet. “I’ve always loved writing and telling stories,” she remarked.
“I thought I could turn my stories into scripts, but first I needed to know what to do.” Kaplan said returning to the school after a 50-year absence was difficult but ultimately rewarding.
“It was exciting, nervous and challenging.” “It was a lot of fun learning to study again and interacting with the students,” Kaplan said. “I’m very excited and I feel very proud of myself for doing this.”
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