94-year-old Keiser University graduate proves it’s never too late to earn a degree

Published: May 19, 2022 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2022 10:51 PM EDT

Keiser University Naples student Bob Blum, 94, will make history on Friday when he becomes the oldest graduate in the university’s history.

Blum will join approximately 70 other graduates in a commencement ceremony hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Resort of Naples at 6 p.m

Lynda Waterhouse, Campus President of Keiser University in Naples say, “Just really quite an inspiration to the whole campus. He’s just, you know, going and moving and so excited about the fact that he’s going to complete his degree.”

While Blum attended college at the University of Maryland in 1946, he never earned his degree and instead joined the U.S. Air Force where he served for five years and received an honorable discharge in 1953.

Blum has enjoyed many accomplishments in his life, both professionally and personally. In the 1950s he was a successful salesman in the Washington D.C. area selling Valley Forge Beer for a distribution company owned by his mother.

He later co-founded a construction company, Blum and Cowen Construction, which built housing developments in Montgomery County, Maryland. He even spent time as a guest columnist for the Naples Daily News and the now-defunct Islander Newspaper in Naples.

However, Blum says the one achievement that always eluded him was earning his college degree.

“I spent 70 years applying for jobs and the only thing I could list in the ‘Education’ section of those applications was high school diploma,” said Blum. “I always felt something was missing from my life without it [a college degree].”

Blum credits his wife, Connie, and daughter, Randy Kashi, for helping him learn the technologies required of modern college students. Connie Blum, who formerly owned a clothing store on Marco Island, now teaches computer technology to senior citizens and assisted Blum in learning the multiple computer and technology systems utilized by Keiser University.

Blum is earning his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Keiser University Naples commencement ceremony and has been selected by his peers to make comments at the ceremony.

The Keiser University Naples commencement ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Resort of Naples, located at 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34108.

WATCH the interview with Blum in the video above.