Mary Carbone, a mother and grandmother, completed her SNHU program on her 73rd birthday, a degree half a century in the making. She started college in 1967 on a traditional campus, but put her education on hold to raise a family. With a love for learning, she took various classes over the years and amassed college credits. Encouraged by her husband, Mary transferred her credits and enrolled in SNHU’s online general studies program, choosing a concentration in criminal justice. Her goal is to raise awareness about scams targeting senior citizens, inspired by her aunt’s experience losing $5,000 to a scammer. In her retirement, Mary also plans to pursue her master’s degree and write a memoir.