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Utah State University Salt Lake Campus Graduates 82- Year-Old Student

Jerry Poulsen
Jerry Poulsen, an 82-year-old student at the Utah State University Salt Lake campus, graduated was among the university’s spring 2016 graduates, having earned a bachelor’s degree in residential landscape design and construction.

 Poulsen participated in the USU undergraduate commencement exercises May 7 in Logan.

 Previously having had a career as an orthodontist, Poulsen was inspired to go back to school by the late Larry Sagers, award-winning horticulture agent with Utah State University Extension and teacher of the Master Gardeners course.

“I enjoyed the gardening classes so much that I just wanted to keep learning more,” Poulsen said. “So I decided to get a degree in it. It’s been quite a fun experience.”

He said that USU is a great school with a lot to offer, emphasizing his good experiences with the terrific and inspiring instructors.

“Jerry was the most thorough, engaged student in the class,” said Kelly Kopp, one of Poulsen’s professors. “He always went above and beyond what was required of him. For Jerry, it was aboutmore than just getting a good grade. It was about making the most of every assignment and learning as much as he possibly could.”

Poulsen began working as the Western Gardens while he was still a student and will continue working there, putting his new degree to good use.