Age Is Just A Number for One Area Graduate

Patricia Geis, 82, graduated from Penn State Altoona Saturday
ALTOONA - Patricia Geis was the oldest graduating member of Penn State Altoona's 2014 Spring Commencement. That's because she didn't start taking classes until she was 75.
"It was a program for people over 60 and if there was an empty seat on the Friday before classes started, you could go basically for free, just pay your fees and buy your books," said Patricia.
Now, seven years later, at age 82, she's receiving her Associate’s Degree in Letters, Arts and Science.
And this is her first graduation. She didn't graduate high school. Instead, she married at 15 and started a family.
"I was a mom for a long time then I finally went to work in 1980 for census and then I worked at hills for 20 years. And then my kids were all gone and I decided hey it was time for me."
And her family agrees. Her son Mark said this was a pretty special day for him.
"My mom's 82 years old, she has 5 children she raised us all, made us responsible citizens and then you know she went back to school and I guess you're going to learn something every day and you might as well learn something useful."
Patricia said being the oldest of her classmates didn't bother her. She embraced it.
"I think the biggest thing is the friends she made and the community in other words,” said Mark. “Rather than sitting around her house, she was out. I can't keep up with her."

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