55-year-old woman gets law degree from UL


by Michelle Arnold


Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Graduation day is a time to pick up caps and gowns and venture into the adult world. For one University of Louisville graduate, she's been there and done that. She went back to school as a promise kept.

Lisa Matthews has had a full life with five kids and ten grandkids and that promise she made 37 years ago.

"In 1977, I promised my dad that I would finish getting my bachelor's degree," Matthews said.

Life may have gotten in the way for Matthews.

"I went to college for a semester, and then I got married. Then I went for two more semesters, and I didn't go for a while," she said.

But her dreams never died. She got her bachelor's degree in 2011, but she didn't stop there.

"Years ago, I had a thought. I wondered if I was going to dedicate my life to something, what would it be. And I thought, I wonder if I could do law school. I didn't know what that entailed. I didn't know any lawyers or anything about it, but that thought stuck with me," Matthews said.

Matthews' parents are coming from Washington to see her get her law degree on Saturday.

At 55 years old, Matthews has some seniority.

"I'm actually the oldest one in my class. I do want to say to all of my fellow students-- thank you so much. They have been so kind to me; they are good friends now," she said.

She's a testament that when it comes to going after what you want, age is indeed nothing but a number.

"It's not too late; go back and  get your education," she said.

And she's not done.

"I have to get a job and the next thing I’m going to do is learn is how to play the piano," Matthews said.