Frank Kuhn Jr. of Spotsylvania, Virginia, is proof positive that it’s never too late to earn your degree. A decorated veteran of World War II, the 93-year old Kuhn earned an Associate of Arts degree from University of Maryland University College in August 2010.
“I’m proud of that,” says Kuhn, who survived five major campaigns in Europe during WWII. You can read his full story online at Fredericksburg.com.
Kuhn started taking college courses in 1947 while stationed in Germany. He would take many more classes during his 20-year Army career, but not enough for the military science degree he wanted. However, believing he had accumulated enough credits for an associate degree, Kuhn contacted UMUC earlier this year.
“This is an unusual case,” says UMUC Director of Public Relations Chip Cassano. “Our military advising team had worked with him directly, and when they did the math, he qualified for the belated sheepskin.”
Although it took him more than 60 years to complete his degree, Kuhn says that it was worth the wait.
UMUC has been making higher education possible for military servicemembers for 60 years—it was the first U.S. university to offer classes at military posts overseas. Currently, of UMUC’s about 90,000 students, approximately 50,000 are either active-duty military, retired, in the Reserves, or military dependents. Learn more about our unique history with the military.