70-year-old woman graduates from USM

By The Associated Press

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — More than 50 years after getting her high school diploma, a Bay St. Louis woman has graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Seventy-year-old Carol Strohmetz had always wanted to get her bachelor’s degree and decided about three years ago to do it.

She graduated Saturday with high honors. Her degree is in American studies, with a minor in women’s studies.

Strohmetz says she worked in business her whole life after getting an associate’s degree in business. But, she said, “I was never really crazy about business.”

She enrolled at USM’s Gulf Park campus, taking a couple of courses. Then, as she got more comfortable, she added more so she could finish up faster.