The Department of History congratulates Nola Ochs, 98, for completing her Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Degree with a History Concentration, making her the world’s oldest person to receive a Master’s Degree. Nola was born on November 22, 1911 in Fayette County, Illinois. Her family later moved to Nebraska when Nola was a baby, and she was later salutatorian of her eighth grade class and then completed two more years of high school in Ainsworth, Nebraska, often riding a horse to school.
In 1927, Nola moved to Jetmore, Kansas, and two years later, received her high school diploma in Dodge City. She obtained her teaching certificate and taught in a one-room school in Hodgeman County until 1933.
Decades later, Nola later attended Dodge City Community College, receiving an Associate Degree in 1988. In 2006, she began taking classes at Fort Hays and received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a history emphasis the following year, becoming, in 2007, the world’s oldest graduate to receive a Bachelor’s Degree.
Continuing her love of learning, Nola received her MLS in 2010. And her saga continues; Nola is now working on her Master’s Degree in history. Her history professors and classmates thoroughly enjoy having such a wonderful resource as Nola in their courses.