Michigan man, 71, earns 29 college degrees, now working on his 30th and plans to pursue more

By on Jun 20, 2012 in Education, United States Comments

Michael Nicholson, 71, of Kalamazoo, Michigan has already earned 29 college degrees, and is now working on his 30th degree and reportedly has plans to pursue more as long as he is still capable of doing so.

71-year old Michael Nicholson, with his graduation
tassels and a stack of his degrees

Image Credit: Michael Nicholson via ABC News

According to ABC News on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Michael Nicholson‘s college degrees include one bachelor’s degree, two associate’s degrees, 22 master’s degrees, three specialist degrees, and one doctoral degree, and is currently at work on a master’s in criminal justice.

As noted in the report, Nicholson finished his first college degree in 1963 at William Tyndale College in Michigan, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in religious education, and later earned degrees from other schools in places in Michigan, Texas, Indiana, and even in Canada.

“I just stayed in school and took menial jobs to pay for the education and just made a point of getting more degrees and eventually I retired so that I could go full-time to school,” Nicholson was quoted telling to ABC News in an exclusive interview, who admitted he also worked as a parking lot attendant.

“It’s stimulation to go to the class, look at the material that’s required, and meet the teacher and students. It makes life interesting for me. Otherwise, things would be pretty dull.” Nicholson added, with most of his degrees were related to education such as educational leadership, library science, and school psychology.

“I would like to get to 33 or 34. I’m almost there. When I complete that, I’ll feel like I’ve completed my basic education.” Nicholson explains further, whose other college degrees include home economics, health education, and law enforcement, noting that he will not take an Internet class.

Nevertheless, Nicholson admitted that he is an A student and that he still works on a typewriter, with his wife Sharon helping him in his assignments using a computer, who also has finished seven college degrees. He said his parents have encouraged him to study, since his Canadian father reached only up to third grade.

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