Dream Delayed Not Denied: Graduating at 40

Name: Talmadge Edwards, 40
Occupation: Upward Bound Activity Coordinator & Jackson Public School IST Assistant
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies
Location: Mississippi


Q: When did you start and finish college?

A: I started school at Jackson State University in June of 1994 and finished April 30th, 2016.

Q: What obstacles did you face along the way?

A: I experienced financial hardships and found it hard to study while raising a family, working and doing the will of the Lord as a minister. 


Q: What moment made you decide to go back to college to finish what you started in 1994?

A: I was at a graduation bachelorette service in May of 2011. Just sitting there…a feeling came over me. I felt the need to go back. I was tired of working deadend jobs.

Q: Do you feel that going back to school was one of the best decisions of you life?

A: Yes! It has opened several doors for me in different avenues. As a black man and as a father, now, I can be an inspiration for those that would like to return to school. It has allowed me to be a blessing to others.



Q: When you went back to school, did you go back full-time or part-time?

A: Full-time… I completed 12-hour semesters up until my senior year. At that time, I began taking 16 hours each semester.

Q: What advice would you give someone that has dropped out of college?

A: It’s never too late to go back and get your degree. Put your best foot forward and step out on faith. You can do it!


Q: What’s next for you? 

A: I have applied for different positions with the State of Mississippi and other jobs in different areas. To better myself job-wise, I plan to go back to college to earn an Art’s of Teaching master’s degree in the fall or spring.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lacretia says:

    Inspiring, as a single mother plus my age I always feel like I’m behind with where I should be in my life, but it’s never too late. I graduated in April 15 in a field that has allowed me to maintain a career that I enjoy. But I’m not through, I will return to school in Spring of 17 to finish my degree. This article is proof it’s never too late and with Faith and determination it can be done.

  2. Ises says:

    Congratulations to him , keep chasing your dreams

  3. Kelly Stone says:

    That’s great!

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