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Lifelong Learning Celebrates 50 Years at UK

The University of Kentucky’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday.Founded in 1964, it provides tuition waivers and a variety of college courses for people 50 years and older.  Executive Director Michael Smith says at that age, there is still very much a desire to learn. 

“Lifelong learning is really borne out of the idea that learning never stops in our lives.  It should be continuous.  It’s not something that is resurrected when we become old.  In fact, the people that become our members have been curious their whole lives," he said. 

The celebration will feature a showcase of art, music, and theater pieces by OLLI students  as well as a comprehensive photo exhibit of the program’s history.  The event takes place Saturday at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, which is located on 1600 Man O' War Boulevard. It runs from 1-3:30 and Admission is free. 

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.