For many newly minted college graduates, putting on their caps and gowns marks the beginning of their lives in "the real world." But Bored Panda has compiled a list of people who probably didn't need the life advice that commencement speakers are giving out — they already got the experience. From a 98-year-old getting his high school diploma, to a 70-year-old college grad, these folks are living proof that you're never too old to learn.

#1

This 98-Years-Old Man Never Got To Get His High School Diploma Because He Was Drafted In World War II His Senior Year And He Finally Got It Today

This 98-Years-Old Man Never Got To Get His High School Diploma Because He Was Drafted In World War II His Senior Year And He Finally Got It Today

_twilliamson Report

Elisabeth Bergbom 4 months ago

Aww, he looks so happy!

View more comments

Many people assume that skill development is age sensitive and is relevant only to those who are starting their career or chasing a promotion. But that's not really the case. It’s always a good idea to nurture your skills, not just to keep you ahead of the competition but also to keep your mind active and sharp.

#2

97-Year-Old Woman Cries Tears Of Joy After Finally Getting Her High School Diploma

97-Year-Old Woman Cries Tears Of Joy After Finally Getting Her High School Diploma

Margaret Thome Bekema, 97, never graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High in 1936 like she was supposed to. Instead, in 1932, she was forced to leave school to take care of her siblings and her mother who was sick with cancer. However, thanks to a distant relative, Bekema recently received an honorary diploma, just 79 years after she was supposed to graduate.

Monica Scott/mlive.com Report

Elisabeth Bergbom 4 months ago

This gave me shivers of joy<3

View more comments

When you are older, you generally know what you want. Making a choice to learn rather than feeling like it is expected of you makes a big difference to your outlook. Just knowing that learning is what you want makes it easier to motivate yourself when you're facing challenging times. And precisely this attitude, of needing to satisfy nobody but yourself, is a wonderfully liberating part of old age.

#3

72 Years After Being Forced Into An Internment Camp During WWII, This Couple Received Their High School Diplomas

72 Years After Being Forced Into An Internment Camp During WWII, This Couple Received Their High School Diplomas

Avianne Tan , tustintillers Report

Kaisu 4 months ago

I'm truly sorry for what they had to go through and I'm glad they still pursued their academic career at a later age

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

My Grandmother, 77, Graduated With Her PhD And Is The University’s Oldest Graduate. It’s Never Too Late!

My Grandmother, 77, Graduated With Her PhD And Is The University’s Oldest Graduate. It’s Never Too Late!

officer897177 Report

Tanisha Finlayson 4 months ago

Awesome also 70 beauty goals

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

My Graduating Class And Our 92-Year-Old Classmate

My Graduating Class And Our 92-Year-Old Classmate

Chasep7 Report

Kaisu 4 months ago

Wow that's amazing and she looks so happy

View more comments
#6

And Now He Graduated

And Now He Graduated

Plebsplease Report

Kaisu 4 months ago

Amazing successes, congratulations!

View more comments
#7

The Best Part Of My Graduation Ceremony Last Month. She Got A Standing Ovation

The Best Part Of My Graduation Ceremony Last Month. She Got A Standing Ovation

stellascura Report

Char Char 4 months ago

Onion ninjas in full force today.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Friend Of Mine Graduated In Law School At The Age Of 94

Friend Of Mine Graduated In Law School At The Age Of 94

Rockarmor Report

Mimi 4 months ago

These graduates look so much younger, like in their late 60ies. Learning seems to combat ageing. I admire these people!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

My Dad Just Graduated At The Age Of 71. My Mum Wanted A Nice Picture Of 'Her Boys'

My Dad Just Graduated At The Age Of 71. My Mum Wanted A Nice Picture Of 'Her Boys'

AlexSalt Report

Monty Glue 4 months ago

Love that photo!

View more comments
#10

It's Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late

larryfeltonj Report

Monty Glue 4 months ago

I wanted to return to school, but the councilor told me I was too old at age 34. I was stupid enough to believe him and figured he was right, so I went along.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

My Mom Graduating From Law School In America At 55, Thirteen Years After Immigrating In Exile From Venezuela

My Mom Graduating From Law School In America At 55, Thirteen Years After Immigrating In Exile From Venezuela

iiLuxurious Report

DemPugs 4 months ago

She's 55?!

View more comments
#12

Me And My Dad (25, And 51) Just Graduated College In The Same Class!

Me And My Dad (25, And 51) Just Graduated College In The Same Class!

reddit.com Report

A B C 4 months ago

Don't know if I wanted to sit in class with my dad :D but congrats to the both of you :)

View more comments
#13

My 72-Year-Old Dad Graduated College With Honors Last Weekend

My 72-Year-Old Dad Graduated College With Honors Last Weekend

He is a Vietnam era veteran and a first generation college graduate.

CamaroNoir Report

Petra 4 months ago

Triple WOW!

#14

My Pops Graduated For The Second Time

My Pops Graduated For The Second Time

RA3sWorld Report

Nancy Jeckells 4 months ago

Big Dawg !!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Single Mother Of 5 Proudly Poses With Children In Her Law School Graduation Photo

Single Mother Of 5 Proudly Poses With Children In Her Law School Graduation Photo

Richard Holman Report

Monty Glue 4 months ago

That is just fantastic. What a role model! My own sister earned her MBA and was first in her class. Meanwhile, she worked full time, was a wife and mother to 4 kids who all went to college as well. It can be done if you have the will.

View more comments
#16

WWII Vet Got High School Diploma At 93

WWII Vet Got High School Diploma At 93

It’s never too late to graduate, and Glenn Holtz, 93-year-old World War II veteran proved that during a graduation ceremony at an Illinois high school when he walked across a stage with high school seniors to get his diploma 75 years after he originally attended high school.

guns.com Report

Monty Glue 4 months ago

The Greatest Generation clearly in view.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

If She Can Do It We Can Do It Too

If She Can Do It We Can Do It Too

Amctier928 Report

#18

When My Grandmother Became The Oldest Graduate Of East Tennessee State University At The Age Of 87 Year Old

When My Grandmother Became The Oldest Graduate Of East Tennessee State University At The Age Of 87 Year Old

sarahamanda88 Report

Max L. 4 months ago

Wow, she looks 30 years younger to say the least !

View more comments
#19

Two Graduates

Two Graduates

This is my mom and older brother. I am extremely proud of both of them. I am especially proud of my mom. She is a mother of 8 and managed to go back to school while working full time. She inspires me and everyone around her to work hard and never give up . I hope this will show others that it is never too late to back to school.

shampooking252 Report

He is love 4 months ago

That is impressive

#20

I'm 65 And Just Graduated College. You Are Never Too Old To Learn!

I'm 65 And Just Graduated College. You Are Never Too Old To Learn!

TweakedMonkey Report

Catherine Hankinson 4 months ago

65?! Don't you mean 45?! You look amazing!

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#21

Today, My 62-Year-Old Immigrant Grandmother Graduated With A Bachelor's In Accounting & Finance Today From CSUF

Today, My 62-Year-Old Immigrant Grandmother Graduated With A Bachelor's In Accounting & Finance Today From CSUF

carolyndao Report

Petra 4 months ago

Difficult BA, wow.

View more comments
#22

To All The People Feeling Behind Everyone Else Graduating At 22, This Man Is 81 And Just Walked In CSU's Graduation With A Bachelor's Degree

To All The People Feeling Behind Everyone Else Graduating At 22, This Man Is 81 And Just Walked In CSU's Graduation With A Bachelor's Degree

kananablah Report

Elisabeth Bergbom 4 months ago

Good for him!

#23

My Mom Graduating With Her PhD In Social Work From Tulane

My Mom Graduating With Her PhD In Social Work From Tulane

Her goal was to graduate by 60 and she did it with a year to spare. Super proud of her.

liftingtailsofcats Report

Luis Milian 4 months ago

she looks so happy and proud! very gorgeous as well

View more comments
#24

Me And My Mom, 49 Years Old, Graduated Nursing School Together In May

Me And My Mom, 49 Years Old, Graduated Nursing School Together In May

maegan_kyleeee Report

Giorgio Prodoti 4 months ago

who is the mom and who is the daughter?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

91-Year-Old Donald Doll Receives His High School Diploma After Leaving Before Graduation To Join The NAVY In 1945

91-Year-Old Donald Doll Receives His High School Diploma After Leaving Before Graduation To Join The NAVY In 1945

ImpulseDecider Report

Andrew Reyes 4 months ago

No comments for the WWII Navy vet? Congratulations Sir and thank you for your service!!!

#26

Today My 73-Year-Old Grandma Finally Graduates High School

Today My 73-Year-Old Grandma Finally Graduates High School

JOKOPOWER Report

Karen Dyer 4 months ago

College is next

#27

Both My Mom And I Are Graduating Today

Both My Mom And I Are Graduating Today

trev1776 Report

Jona Thiessen 4 months ago

Bravo 👏!

#28

My Mum Just Graduated With A First Class Honours Degree After Leaving School At Sixteen To Have Me, And Being Diagnosed Dyslexic As An Adult, And I Think That's Pretty Awesome

My Mum Just Graduated With A First Class Honours Degree After Leaving School At Sixteen To Have Me, And Being Diagnosed Dyslexic As An Adult, And I Think That's Pretty Awesome

Colenelshitpostermcgee Report

Nancy Jeckells 4 months ago

love this photo !

View more comments
#29

My 69-Year-Old Mom Graduated From Murray State University In Kentucky

My 69-Year-Old Mom Graduated From Murray State University In Kentucky

Yesterday my 69 year old mom graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky. She decided to go to school after my step-dad passed away about 5 years ago. It’s never too late to go back. She got Bachelors in Fine Arts for painting. She did ceramics and woodworking in her program also.

blusun2 Report

Petra 4 months ago

Congratulations!

See Also on Bored Panda
#30

My Mom With My Step Dad After She Graduated With Her PhD

My Mom With My Step Dad After She Graduated With Her PhD

greyedathena Report

Elisabeth Bergbom 4 months ago

I love they way they look at each other... so lovely