May 20 (UPI) -- An 82-year-old Maryland woman achieved a longtime dream by walking across the stage to accept her bachelor's degree.
Mae Beale, 82, who had a long career as a licensed practical nurse, returned to school in her late 70s to pursue a degree in business management from the University of Maryland Global Campus as a means of helping to grow her event planning business.
Beale said she was working as an LPN at Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid when she was inspired to make event planning her new career.
"My supervisors thought I had something special," she told WJLA-TV. "When I was working at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I organized some large events and everybody was impressed with it, so I started coordinating their IT information conferences."
Beale decided a few years ago to pursue her bachelor's degree to help her business.
"I discovered that I had to be intentional about it and make it my priority," she said.
Beale, who celebrated her 82nd birthday on Tuesday, walked across the stage Wednesday to accept her diploma.