Our Stories: Older Americans Month
We endeavour to make your educational experience as unique as you are. We value our students' differences because we recognize that diversity brings strength. It's why we strive to be the most inclusive university in the world. WGU is bridging the gap between talent and opportunity.
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Join us as we celebrate Older Americans Month, and recognize how older students and employees are making a difference in their communities around the country.
Kim Larsen perservered and fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher. Shortly before starting her program at WGU, Kim became ill. She had to relearn how to read, think, and memorize while completing her degree. Despite these challenges, she was a 2021 WGU Commencement speaker and graduate.
Kevin Cummings joined WGU after retirement and helped us start an ombuds program. He currently works as a Student Ombudsman at WGU. He helps students make the best choices possible for their futures. Click below to learn more about his journey.
You don't have to BE to BELONG.
While directed towards "people of a certain age," Silver Owls welcomes any WGU employee concerned with aging, ageism, and its effect on the work environment and the working person. Silver Owls provides education and advocacy to support WGU’s older employees. We will accomplish our purpose by partnering with WGU leadership to recruit, retain, and advance older employees. We provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through education, such as panel discussions, and resources on how to best support older employees. We promote the health and well-being of the older worker.
–Silver Owls ERG at WGU
Donna Law, 2016 WGU Commencement speaker, enjoyed career success but could only advance so far without a degree. With the encouragement of her employer, she enrolled in WGU’s business management degree program. In the middle of her studies she was diagnosed with cancer, but Donna wasn’t going to let that stand in her way of earning a degree. She continued on and entering her 3rd term at WGU was deemed cancer-free. .
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