Apr 29, 2017

By Bob Sheppard

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She’s 80, and earned her PhD on Friday.

Barbara Matusik, who turned 80 in March, already had a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a master’s degree in Museum Studies, and decided to return to school to earn a doctorate degree in Historic Preservation.

At Friday’s graduation ceremonies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Matusik said she plans to pursue consulting work.

Matusik went back to school to earn her degrees more 40 years after finishing high school.

She says working hard at her studies keeps her motivated and feeling young.

She says you have to have a desire to really want to do it.

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