May 11, 2010 12:15 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

98-year-old Kansas woman earns master's degree

A Kansas woman who at age 95 became the world's oldest person to graduate college is about to top that accomplishment.

Now 98, Nola Ochs will receive a master's degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas on Saturday.

Ochs, of Jetmore, set a short-lived record in 2007 when she graduated from Fort Hays with a bachelor's degree. A 96-year-old man in Taiwan broke the record last year.

The Hays Daily News reports that Ochs will reclaim top honors when she receives a master's in liberal studies with a history concentration on Saturday.

Ochs says she intends to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship in Fort Hays' history department for next spring.


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