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Meet Maryland woman, who graduates from College one day after her 82nd birthday



Mae Beale, an 82-year-old resident of Maryland, just obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus, fulfilling a lifelong desire.

Beale has worked as a certified practical nurse for a number of hospitals and governmental organizations in Washington, DC, over the years.

She discovered her event organizing talents while working at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in the Department of Health and Human Services.

She told WJLA-TV, “My managers thought I had something exceptional. At the time I was employed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

I organized some large events and everybody was impressed with it, so I started coordinating their IT information conferences.”


In 1994, she decided to make a new career out of event planning and launched her own event planning business called “In Grand Style.”

She then went back to school to earn her associate degree in business management at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.

Beale, who was then in her late 70s, made the decision to continue her education and work toward a bachelor’s degree just a few years ago in order to advance her business.

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She put a lot of effort towards achieving her goal, repeatedly earning the Dean’s list and engaging in extracurricular activities.

She explained, “I found that I had to be intentional about it and make it my priority.

Beale most recently received her honors diploma the day after she turned 82 years old.