Mike Anderson, Deseret News
Twila Boston, right, received her bachelor's degree in American studies Saturday from Utah State University. At 98, she is the university's oldest graduate on record.
It was expected of us in our family to get an education," she said. —Twila Boston

LOGAN — Twila Boston never quite got her bachelor's degree because life got in the way.

She had only a few credits left so the College of Humanities at Utah State University helped her finish a degree in American studies. She walked with the class of 2012 last Saturday at the age of 98.

Boston has several younger Aggie alumni in her family. "It was expected of us in our family to get an education," she said.

She just never got around to getting her diploma until now because she took on a career in taking care of others. "When you're a nurse, you're always a nurse," Boston said.  

Since she only had a few credits left, professors allowed her to graduate by completing an oral presentation on American history. One history project later, she finally got to wear that cap and gown.

"I tell you, I had to be forced to go there. They told me they wouldn't send me my diploma if I didn't come," she said.

The moment was exciting, at least for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Boston is the university's oldest graduate on record. The event brought several family members, some coming all the way from the East Coast to show their support.

She didn’t think the graduation was that big of a deal. But many people thought otherwise.

"I think it's stupid. Everybody graduated,” she said. “They had three sessions of graduates up here."

That's a graduating class of more than 3,300. Boston said she shouldn't be seen as any more special than the rest of them. She finished that degree for one simple reason: She loves learning. She said she'd keep taking classes if she could. Boston does have a challenge getting around. She said that's really the only thing keeping her from taking more classes.

"Yeah. Why not? All I do is read," she said. "Somebody asked me what I read, and I said, 'everything.'" She likes murder mysteries, love stories and psychology.

Her advice for fellow grads is fairly simple: "Go out in whatever you want, in whatever you want to do the rest of your life."