At 72 years young, John Sprouse of Lansdale, Pa. not only participated in the Commencement ceremony at Montgomery County Community College on May 19, he also performed with the College Choir during the ceremony.
During his time at MCCC, Sprouse was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, served as president of the History Club, presented research at a history conference and participated in the College’s Alternative Spring Break activities – not bad for someone who didn’t start taking college courses until he was in his 60s. Oh, and since graduating cum laude and earning his associate’s degree in Social Science from MCCC in December, he’s now attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
His advice for students at MCCC, “Don’t wait until you’re almost 70 to do this,” Sprouse said. “Do as much as you can and do it now.”
Sprouse started taking psychology courses at MCCC before he retired in 2008 after a career in sales and service with Scott Communication Inc. in Hatfield, Pa. He became interested in psychology trying to understand some psychological issues that members of his family were experiencing.
“I was reading a lot of popular psychology books, and a good friend who was in the field of psychology suggested I take some college courses,” Sprouse said.
A "C" student in high school, wasn’t sure how he would do, but he liked the first course he took and took another. Then he took more courses: algebra, cultural anthropology, applied mathematics, and guitar lessons – another passion of his.
As a retiree, Sprouse only had to pay the administrative fee for each course – about $43 per credit – as seniors can attend MCCC tuition free. “It was a tremendous bargain for me to be able to do that,” he said. For seniors who are thinking about going to College, Sprouse said it’s never too late.
“I suggest they find things they are interested in knowing more about and explore that,” he said. “They may end up getting interested in other courses as a result. That’s what happened to me.”