Seminole State instructor earns Master of Arts degree from UCF at age 85

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Written by: Mark Richardson

A Seminole State instructor is a living example of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's "You're never too old to start learning, and you're never too young to aim high and achieve great things," quote. 

Virginia Perwin
Virginia Perwin

Virginia Perwin has been an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instructor at Seminole State for 12 years and on Aug. 5 graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at age 85. 

Perwin is a strong believer in lifelong learning. “I believe everyone should continue learning. Life is the condition of continual change. There are so many things to learn around us,” said Perwin. “We need to embrace education and learning throughout our lives.”

Perwin already has plans for her next educational journey and has applied for the Reading Education Certificate program at UCF beginning this Fall.

A love for learning runs in the family. She encourages her husband to continue French classes and may accompany him on his journey to mastery of the French language. 

About Seminole State College

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit
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About the English Language Studies Department

Seminole State’s English Language Studies (ELS) Department, part of the School of Academic Foundations, offers high-quality English Language programs, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and the English Language Institute. For more information, please visit the ELS website.