Retiring, yet Thriving: 65-Year-Old Mother Completes Business Administration Degree Online

Spotlight on SNHU: Lynda Jarrett

Lynda Jarrett ’23 felt a sense of accomplishment as she graduated from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) with an online bachelor’s degree in business administration. At the age of 65, she had achieved her goal of completing her education. During the Commencement ceremony, Jarrett was surrounded by her children, granddaughter, and sisters, expressing how amazing it felt to accomplish this milestone.

Initially considering a return to the field of education, Jarrett ultimately decided to pursue a business degree after being intrigued by SNHU’s program. She appreciated the flexibility of the online platform but admitted to feeling intimidated at first. However, she soon realized her capabilities and found the support to keep moving forward.

Jarrett emphasized the importance of support and compassion within the SNHU community. She highlighted the kindness shown to her and fellow students by the faculty and staff. This sense of community and encouragement played a significant role in her educational journey.

Receiving her first grade in the program was a validating moment for Jarrett, solidifying her decision to attend SNHU. She praised the instructors for truly listening to her and providing guidance throughout her studies. This affirmation fueled her determination and perseverance, motivating her to overcome any challenges that came her way.

At Commencement, Jarrett celebrated alongside her fellow students, acknowledging the significance of the graduation ritual in fostering a sense of belonging and unity. Despite being part of an online program where classmates may not have met in person, this occasion provided an opportunity to come together and commemorate their shared achievements.

Jarrett’s journey at SNHU revolved around her desire to complete her education at any cost, which she achieved by earning an online bachelor’s degree in business administration at the age of 65.

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