Related to our blog post "You Can't Teach Old Dogs New Tricks" (hint: you can), the story of Alfonso Gonzales released in USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology's magazine, Vitality, sets a new example of aging. Education and obtaining different degrees is usually the job of young adults. Older adults in academia are most often professors or administrators, not students. However, Gonzales changed that this past May.
Mr. Gonzales returned to USC at age 96 to finally finish his degree in zoology that he started in 1947. The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology worked to adapt a course that fit Gonzales' needs as an older adult student. The school even reopened the zoology major for him.
On May 13, 2016, Gonzales attended the commencement and received his official diploma. When asked about Gonzales, Pinchas Cohen, dean of the school, said "What he's doing is setting an incredibly positive example for older adults in America and around the world. He embodies the fact that learning opportunities never stop; people can develop new skills and grow at any age."
That is right, you can GROW at ANY AGE. Remember that. For those of you who maybe thought that one day you would go back to school and get an advanced degree, but never found the time...IT'S NOT TOO LATE to APPLY!!!